ok I have had a couple of requests for this – a list of the supplements the boys are on (especially Big given his self limited diet and intake).
I Have to say, I am hardly a good person to be discussing this – this is a list of the supplements I have the boys on (and why) but I know I should have them on more, again especially Big Brother. Nutrition is not my strong point, not by a long shot.
Melatonin – this alone is a life saver for us. Started it on advice of a Dev ped that saw him at 2. Bedtime used to be hours of struggle – he’d be so tired, and cry and hold me, we’d rock, he’d lay and stare – he was not (generally LOL) fighting having to go to bed, he just could not go to sleep. I felt so bad for him (and me). Two things really helped a much earlier bedtime so he is not over tired and Melatonin. He simply needs it to sleep. I dislove his in his night time milk, but L:ittl Brother is ok with chewing one.
L’il Critters Fruit & Veggie Gummy Bears, Sour. Two have as much antioxidant power as one full serving of fruits and vegetables. My boys get 2 doses a day.
Note: I use a lot of L’il Critters. I do this for a good reason. They are allergen free (no soy, no egg, no …) and they contain no artificial colors and stuff. They DO have berry extract so they are not, technically, Feingold safe but since I have never seen a reaction to them, and since they are not artificial, I choose to use them anyway.
L’il Critters Gummy Vites Multi-Vitamin
L’il Critters Immune C Plus Zinc and Echinacea, Gummy Bears
L’il Critters Omega-3 Gummy Fish. Contains 32 mg of DHA per serving (which is 20% of the 160 mg suggested daily intake). My boys take 2 ‘doses’ a day. They need a better Omega -3 / DHA supplement but as I said this is such a challenging subject for me. They also likely should be taking more than they are also.
L’il Critters Vitamin D Gummy Bears. In the dead of winter when I can’t take them out, Little gets 2 doses a day as he drinks very little vit D milk; brother gets one. Summer time Little gets only one and Big none. TheAmericanAcademy of Pediatrics now recommends kids receive 400 IU of vitamin D a day. These have 800 IUD as Cholecalciferol.
Yummi Bears Fiber. when these are gone I am not going to buy any more. The GI specialist suggested them for Little Brother (so he has been taking a full does and Big a ½ if he notices Little getting his). Really, though, I have not seen a reason for it, so I plan to stop after this bottle is gone.
I have but they do not take:
L’il Critters Probiotic Acidophilus More Live Active Cultures Than 10 Servings of Yogurt 2300 mg blend. I DESIRE them to take Probiotics – but they both flat out refuse these. Odd I think they taste like strawberry wafer candy. Better than a lot of the medications that Little eats up with glee. No clue. I need to find a different Probiotic I can get in them.
I am considering:
ADDING: L-Theanine in some form. L-Theanine, a unique amino acid found in green tea that is emerging as the premier natural product to support mental calmness and relaxation. I really want to try Big Brother on this. I am looking at this one Natural Factors Suntheanine L-Theanine, Chewable Tablets but I am concerned about Big actually being willing to chew the tablets. As of yet, he has never chewed anything but a gummy medication.
EXCHANGEING the L’il Critter Fruit and Veggie bears for Yummi Bears Wholefood Fruits & Vegetables. Not, sure it is so challenging to make the best choices for them.