Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fish oil dosage for 3-year-old

Last Updated Jun 2009

Dr. Sears,

Q: My 3-year-old daughter is being monitored for ADHD symptoms.  We tried giving her fish oil (Go Fish Children's Omega-3 DHA Liquid), and it worked like magic for about three weeks, then the effects started to fade away, and now six weeks later we're back to where we started.  We know that for those three weeks she was so much better. Do you think we should try to increase her dose of fish oil, and if so, how much is safe for a 3-year-old who weighs 29 pounds?

A: You will need a combination of both EPA and DHA to combat ADHD. Our published studies have indicated about 10 grams of EPA and DHA per day. For a 3-year-old, I would recommend starting out at about 5 grams of EPA and DHA and then increasing depending on her response at the lower dosage.
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