Something Fishy: Carlson for Kids Fish Oil Review

kids-fish-oilLet me state for the record that I have no medical degrees, so my opinions of this product are based solely on my experiences with fish oil consumption, as well as the experiences of my children. Our stories are pretty unique, however, so I reckon that lends at least a modicum of credibility to this review.

Let’s start with the reasons why I’ve consumed fish oil for the past 15 years: I have bad skin. Horrible, itchyeczematous skin. One false move with regard to my diet and I can literally hear my scalp scream in protest. For several years, I took medications that were prescribed by my dermatologist and even received cortisone shots to stave off itching. I came to the realization that something had to change, lest I experience the long-term side effects that all of these drugs had to offer.

Enter fish oil. I stared with capsules, but switched to flavored liquid (lemon, strawberry, and even mint) after reading that liquid was more concentrated. And I quickly became a believer. I’m not going to wax poetic and proclaim that my skin did a 180, but it was pretty darn close. I’ve continued to take one teaspoon every day – even during my two pregnancies – and I no longer consume any medications.

Because skin conditions tend to be hereditary, I anticipated that my first child, a boy, might suffer my same fate and become diagnosed with eczema during infancy. He wasn’t. But I soon realized that fish oil just may be the panacea for another challenge he faced: a speech language delay. It has been said that the Omega 3s in fish oil can aid in problems very specific to children – including asthma, ADHD, and speech issues. Some believe fish oil also helps with brain development and the development of eyesight. Now, to be clear, these claims have been met with their fair share of naysayers, of course, and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

That said, my husband and I have seen a tremendous upswing with regard to the rate at which our son verbalizes new words. Yes, he worked with a private speech language pathologist. Yes, he worked with Early On. Yes, we began signing with him, which is also believed to accelerate language. And while I firmly believe that all of the above conspired to help my son, there was a point when I felt his progress peaked and became stagnant.

That’s when we introduced Carlson for Kids Very Finest Fish Oil by Carlson Laboratories. We believe it was the combination of therapy and fish oil that truly pushed our son’s progress over the top. I simply add  ½ a teaspoon to his milk every night at dinner. The pleasantly mild lemon taste ensures that he doesn’t even know it’s in there.

Here’s how Carlson for Kids Very Finest Fish Oil measures up:

*Contains 800 mg of omega-3′s in each ½ teaspoonful.

*Comes from cold-water fish found in deep Norwegian waters and is bottled in Norway to ensure maximum freshness.

*It’s vitamin A & D free.

*Regularly tested (using AOAC international protocols) for freshness‚ potency and purity by an independent‚ FDA-registered laboratory and has been determined to be fresh‚ fully potent and free of detrimental levels of mercury‚ cadmium‚ lead‚ PCB’s and 28 other contaminants.

Although I wholeheartedly contend that everyone is unique, I highly recommend giving Carlson for Kids Very Finest Fish Oil a try, particularly if your child is experiencing speech language and or skin issues. If you go my route and add it unknowingly to their milk, smoothie, or any other meal, your son or daughter will be none the wiser.

*Please note that fish oil not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


Courtney Conover is an NFL football wife and mother of two. She writes about everything on her lifestyle blog, The Brown Girl with Long Hair.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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Comments

  1. Elise Laneras says:

    I need to start taking fish oil… thanks for the reco

    • Hi, Elise! Try it. It you buy a high quality brand like Carlsons (mentioned above), you may even see results within a week, depending on your body and what you are taking the fish oil for. And if you’re not a fan of liquid,try the no-taste capsules. Look for them on Amazon, which is where I bought mine…

      Thank you for commenting.

  2. christina says:

    fish oil has always grossed me out but i cant deny the health benefits!

  3. Hi, Christina! Yeah, I hear you loud and clear. It’s not like I woke up and said, “You know what? I’mcraving fish oil!”

    Nope.

    Had I not had my skin issues, I would have probably never tried it. But if you’re not a fan of liquid, try the no-taste capsules. Look for them on Amazon, which is where I bought mine…

    Thank you for commenting.

  4. lol, i had to giggle at these comments :) i used to do the fish oil pills from walmart, i should start taking them again and see if some of my summer skin malfunctions clear up.

    • “summer skin malfunctions.”

      Uh, Nicki. I so feel you on this one. my eczema is sometimes wonkier in the spring and summer — even worse than wintertime some years. Go figure. I think my allergies are the culprit, too.

      I’m a mess.

      Thank you so much for commenting.

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