Here are a few supplements that either didn’t work out, I found a better source, or Jake simply didn’t need anymore. In my opinion, they were all good, high-quality products.
First, epsom salt baths …
A doctor recommended Aaron Industries Epsom Salts to me. Jake’s eczema finally cleared up and at the beginning of the year and I started giving him epsom salt baths a couple of times a week.
A few interesting things happened. On a positive note, Jake’s first bouts with imaginative play happened in these baths with the jets in my jacuzzi tub going full blast. But, there are cons to my story as well. While I had read that these baths should chill a kid out, it had the opposite effect on Jake. My child who loves to sleep got really hyper at bedtime and went to sleep much later than usual.
Also, he got extremely stuffy when his body hit the water. At first, I thought it was me being over-analytical, but then after a couple of weeks of the exact same results, I decided that my highly allergic child must in fact have a little bit of an intolerance to magnesium sulfate. In the grand scheme of things, I decided a reaction of this nature couldn’t be good for his overall health and I stopped the baths.
Second, Nature’s Secret Fish-Free Omega Plant-Based Oils …
Jake has a severe fish allergy and cannot take fish oil, so this was my attempt at trying to get omegas in him. The adult serving size for this supplement is 3 soft-gels, so I gave him 1. I poked a hole in it with a safety pin and squeezed it on his tongue. Jake is a little strange because he loves oily supplements that look nasty and will lick his lips to make sure none escapes!
Long story short, I stopped giving it to him after a couple of weeks. It may have been my imagination, but I felt like his speech would get worse on days that he took it.
I have done so much research on fatty acids and I know they are important, but I also know that there needs to be the right balance of the anti-inflammatory omega-3s and the pro-inflammatory omega-6s. Fortunately, when he received his NutrEval test in August of 2012, his omega-3 and 6 levels were within normal range and although he was deficient in omega-9, for the past year I have given him olive oil every day to make up for his shortage in this area.
Update: I ended up taking this supplement for a year or two. It gave me energy and an overall sense of wellbeing. I eventually stopped taking it because it made my menstrual cycles irregular.
Third, a calcium supplement …
All of a sudden this year it hit me that Jake probably needs a calcium supplement. He hasn’t had milk since he was 1.5 years old (he HATES it) and has been casein free for the past year. I’ve never had this recommendation from a doctor before, which I am actually kind of puzzled by, but figured it couldn’t hurt, so I put him on this yummy supplement …
It is vanilla flavored and he loves it! It is very allergy friendly – free of wheat, soy, yeast, milk, and gluten.
Update: Jake only took calcium for a short period of time. Instead, now he eats foods that are high in calcium. We have found this approach works better for us than supplements.
Fourth, a quercetin-rich, natural anti-histamine …
Jake has a severe allergy to grass. So, when the spring hits and all that green grass starts appearing, his symptoms begin and don’t stop until the grass dies in the fall/winter. If he stays outside for a while, he gets itchy feet that have the potential to turn into nasty sores, a stuffy nose, coughing, and slight wheezing.
To help alleviate these symptoms, our doctor recommended that he try Springboard D-Hist Jr. Quercetin is the main ingredient, which Jake took when he was two years old and did great with. I am a fan of this flavonoid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory found in fruits and veggies, and give it a thumbs up!
Update: Jake took this supplement off and on for about two years. He no longer has seasonal allergies so it is not needed.
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