Why give my child cod liver oil?
Cod liver oil is one of the best sources of fat soluble Vitamins A, D, and K, which all work to boost your child’s immune systems. These fat soluble vitamins also work with our bodies to help ensure we are absorbing the appropriate nutrients from the foods that we eat – how crucial is that for a small growing body?? Cod liver oil also contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids such as EHA and DHA, which are also crucial for growing bodies. Proper absorption of these fatty acids boosts brain growth, vision, and can support bone/tooth growth.
How do I get my child to take cod liver oil?
It’s not a secret – cod liver oil is not very tasty, and it can be tricky to get children, especially young ones, to willingly swallow it. Thankfully, there are a few ways to sneak it into your child on a daily basis, since they only need a tiny bit to reap the benefits. Now, you can purchase cod liver oil in pills or capsules, but obviously this is only for older children. For younger ones, you have the options of liquid or a gel. Here are some ways you can sneak it into their diet:
- Blend the liquid or gel into a breakfast smoothie. Sweeter fruits tend to mask the flavor well, as does peanut butter (or heck, even a little chocolate!).
- Mix the liquid form with a citrus juice, as the tartness helps to hide the bitterness of the oil.
- Make homemade gummies and mix in the gel or liquid. Give a child a gummy each day.
- Mix a serving in with a spoonful of raw honey.
- And the *only* successful sneaky attempt I’ve had with my toddler – mixing it in with some apple butter and serving over cottage cheese. I know…. weird, but it worked!!
Where can I buy cod liver oil?
There are plenty of brands out there, but you want to be sure you’re buying the purest that you can. Do some research about the companies. Nordic Naturals is a great brand, and you can purchase several different options through Healthy Planet.
About the Author:
Leah McDermott is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mama and small business owner. She spends her days chasing a toddler, cooking, crafting, writing, caring for animals, gardening, and enjoying time with her husband and son on their small farm in rural PA. She blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby.