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Can a child take fish oil?

WHAT IS A FISH OIL?

A fish oil is a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are known as “essential” fatty acids. The term “essential” means that they can’t be made in sufficient amounts by our body so we have to get them from our diet as they are vital for health. The two most important types of Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These are only ever known as DHA and EPA so don’t worry about the long names!


WHY IS FISH OIL IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?

Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil have a wide range of health benefits. The benefits are numerous but here are our top 5:

  1. Omega 3 from fish oil is particularly important for the health of mothers and children. DHA, when consumed by the mother, contributes to the normal brain and eye development of the foetus and breastfed infants (1).
  2. DHA is important for normal vision. DHA is proven to support normal vision (2).
  3. DHA is proven to support normal brain function (3). DHA and EPA are found in high concentrates in the brain, in fact fats make up 60% of our brain.
  4. Omega 3 fats can help absorb important nutrients such as the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins also provide health benefits as part of a varied diet.
  5. DHA and EPA help with the normal function of the heart (4).


CAN I GET FISH OIL THROUGH MY CHILDS DIET?

Oily fish are incredibly rich in Omega 3 EPA and DHA. Oily fish include:

  • Sardines
  • Herring
  • Anchovies
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Trout

The Government recommends that all children consume one 140g portion of oily fish every week.


IS IT OK TO GIVE MY CHILD A FISH OIL SUPPLEMENT?

If you have a kid who is a fussy eater or doesn’t like oily fish, you can always choose to give them a fish oil supplement. If you decide to do this, make sure you give them one designed specifically for children. Haliborange children’s Omega-3 supplements come in a delicious tasting orange syrup or in a chew to make them more fun for children to take.

Omega-3 DHA Brain Support Syrup
Try Omega-3 DHA Brain Support Syrup

Omega 3 DHA Brain Support Bursts
or Omega 3 DHA Brain Support Bursts

Learn more about the importance of Omega 3 with our Expert Chats with Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson:

The importance of Omega 3 Expert Chat with Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson


  1. The beneficial effect for normal brain and eye development of the foetus and breastfed infants is 200 mg DHA. In addition to the mother taking 250mg EPA and DHA.
  2. The beneficial effect for vision is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg DHA.
  3. The beneficial effect for the brain is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg DHA.
  4. The beneficial effect for the heart is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg EPA/DHA.
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