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Post  missbee on Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:33 am

Just wondering what supplements you are all using?

We use fish oil, a multivitamin, and both boys take incremin, the iron supplement.

I was considering tart cherry juice as i would love to get christopher to bed earlier, i think he needs more sleep, but have heard that it may not be great for ASD kids???
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Post  sewsable on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:32 am

We used fish oil, but have been having problems getting it into him so changed to flax seed oil; unfortunately this is not working as well so we're trying to wean him onto a different fish oil; it's a long process though.
Occasionally I'll give him a multi-vitamin and at one point he needed iron supplements due to having too much milk.
We tried tart cherry, but he wouldn't drink it and after tasting it I don't blame him. We ended up on melatonin for a while by prescription (I ordered from overseas and faxed them a copy of the script so they could include it in the package for customs). That worked well for us and now he can get to sleep without it most of the time. Unfortunately melatonin is not subsidised here and is rather expensive; you can't get it over the counter either, it has to be prescribed.
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Post  Jeshiko on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:09 am

we're using a heap here at the moment
I am using ones from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and they are a bit spendy but taste nice and I just put them in Mikko's juice.

He is having cod liver oil, essential fatty acids (so like fish oil i guess but not from fish), calcium with magnesium (for sleep) and colostrum with probiotics.
I also give him a multi vit, vit c and B12 and sometimes B6.... lots huh! Laughing He doesn't eat well so it give me peace of mind more than anything.
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Post  sewsable on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:21 am

Jeshiko wrote:we're using a heap here at the moment
I am using ones from childlife and they are a bit spendy but taste nice and I just put them in Mikko's juice.

I thought they sounded good, until I checked where you can get them from and realised there's nowhere down here at all. Will keep trying with the omega3 squeezy pouches in the meantime
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Post  Jeshiko on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:23 am

sewsable wrote:
Jeshiko wrote:we're using a heap here at the moment
I am using ones from childlife and they are a bit spendy but taste nice and I just put them in Mikko's juice.

I thought they sounded good, until I checked where you can get them from and realised there's nowhere down here at all. Will keep trying with the omega3 squeezy pouches in the meantime

i just order from netpharmacy.co.nz Smile
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Post  missbee on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:59 am

With the B vitamins, are the amounts in your general multi vitamin not enough....what sort of amounts do you need?

Also with the essential oils - are these animal based? Ive heard there are some vegetarian alternatives, anyone know about those?
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Post  Jeshiko on Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:06 am

I had read that B6 was really good for stress and anxiety which Mikko often gets and that there had been a trial of kids with ASD taking megadoses of B6 and up to 40% showed improvements. I guess you would need to be under a specialist to try megadosing but I figure the odd b6 in his juice might help. I also read that with B6 it is not good to take it long term and also that you need to take a magnesium supplement with it. B12 I read something about it being great and now I can't even remember what Embarassed
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Post  sewsable on Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:16 am

missbee wrote:Also with the essential oils - are these animal based? Ive heard there are some vegetarian alternatives, anyone know about those?

The Omega 3 oils can be either fish based or else flax-seed oils. In my experience you get better results from the fish based ones, our children can process them better; but the flax ones while not as good will still help. I think the flax seed I was using was the children's one from the Waihi Bush range which I sourced from the healthpost website

I managed to get the fish ones into him this afternoon with chocolate bribery Smile
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Post  hismama on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:06 pm

William takes fish oil and an ayurvedic supplement called Bacopa. He has only been on this for about a month so I haven't noticed any changes yet, but have read really good things about it.
He is still breastfed and I take a spirulina + vit c multi and B6 so he will be getting some of that, along with the extra Vit A that breastmilk has!

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Post  Jeshiko on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:32 pm

Crudefitik wrote:William takes fish oil and an ayurvedic supplement called Bacopa. He has only been on this for about a month so I haven't noticed any changes yet, but have read really good things about it.
He is still breastfed and I take a spirulina + vit c multi and B6 so he will be getting some of that, along with the extra Vit A that breastmilk has!

good on you! I have been trying to express for Mikko as I am feeding his little brother but alas no luck. I don't even think little brother gets much Laughing
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Post  sewsable on Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:17 am

Comvita look like they've just released a new fish oil supplement too, lemonade flavoured and mixes in with juice well; might have to give that a try as Healthpost have it and I often buy through them.
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Post  teegee on Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:56 am

sewsable wrote:Comvita look like they've just released a new fish oil supplement too, lemonade flavoured and mixes in with juice well; might have to give that a try as Healthpost have it and I often buy through them.


I might have to give that a try as well - we don't give DD anything - but I really think she would benefit from fish oil Smile

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Post  sewsable on Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:07 am

teegee wrote:
sewsable wrote:Comvita look like they've just released a new fish oil supplement too, lemonade flavoured and mixes in with juice well; might have to give that a try as Healthpost have it and I often buy through them.


I might have to give that a try as well - we don't give DD anything - but I really think she would benefit from fish oil Smile

It's a long-term thing, when we first started there was no noticeable difference until he'd been on it for 3 months; at that point we noticed a big change in his temperament; he went from grumpy troll to happy chap which was marvellous! With him not having it so much atm we're getting some troll back so he definitely needs it!
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Post  hismama on Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:15 am

sewsable wrote:Comvita look like they've just released a new fish oil supplement too, lemonade flavoured and mixes in with juice well; might have to give that a try as Healthpost have it and I often buy through them.

I have been giving this to William for about 6 months now, he takes it off a spoon, we call it his "yellow stuff". It actually tastes really yummy Wink

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Post  sewsable on Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:24 am

Crudefitik wrote:
sewsable wrote:Comvita look like they've just released a new fish oil supplement too, lemonade flavoured and mixes in with juice well; might have to give that a try as Healthpost have it and I often buy through them.

I have been giving this to William for about 6 months now, he takes it off a spoon, we call it his "yellow stuff". It actually tastes really yummy Wink

Ian won't take anything off a spoon, not even honey! He'll eat his brekkie ok with it, but that's about it. Getting medicine into him is interesting.
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Post  hismama on Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:13 am

Well it still should taste great in a drink Smile

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Post  hismama on Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:27 am

One of Williams supplements is an ayurvedic herbal preparation suggested to me by a medicinal herbalist. I didn't think it actually made a difference, but though I would just use it up. Well this week it ran out. It's only been 3 days, and wow, meltdown city! It's early days, and could be something else, but it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks till our paed appointment!

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Post  sewsable on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:35 am

Going to be starting Ian on a probiotic very soon; have it just have to work out the best way to get it into him. He's back on the fish oil now and I think it's definitely made a difference.
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Post  Jeshiko on Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:00 pm

sewsable wrote:Going to be starting Ian on a probiotic very soon; have it just have to work out the best way to get it into him. He's back on the fish oil now and I think it's definitely made a difference.

we got the childlife one that is colostrum with probiotics and is organic I think. It's in powder form and is flavoured so i just sprinkle it into their drinks.
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Post  sewsable on Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:50 pm

I've picked up the Lifestream BowelBiotics for kids which is a mix of fibre and probiotics (7 types). It can be put in smoothies so I'm going to have to see if I can make something he'll drink. Or I can put it in a normal drink; hoping milk might work.
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Post  hismama on Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:48 pm

sewsable wrote:I've picked up the Lifestream BowelBiotics for kids which is a mix of fibre and probiotics (7 types). It can be put in smoothies so I'm going to have to see if I can make something he'll drink. Or I can put it in a normal drink; hoping milk might work.
I take this! Have thought about giving it to W but not sure how to disguise it, let me know how you go Smile

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Post  sewsable on Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:35 pm

crudefitik wrote:
sewsable wrote:I've picked up the Lifestream BowelBiotics for kids which is a mix of fibre and probiotics (7 types). It can be put in smoothies so I'm going to have to see if I can make something he'll drink. Or I can put it in a normal drink; hoping milk might work.
I take this! Have thought about giving it to W but not sure how to disguise it, let me know how you go Smile

It was a bit sludgy and not that well received today in milk; they did drink it but it was under protest; going to have to try something else I think; maybe use the food processor with some drinking chocolate to blend it in properly.
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