Can I Give Fish Oil to My Baby?
From: “Robert Katz, Ph.D.”
Date: Thu Nov 22, 2001 11:24 am
Subject: Re: nervous about 2nd child
Dear Kathie and Eileen,
The question is can EFAs be supplemented to younger children so that verbal apraxia/dyspraxia can be prevented?
The simple theoretical answer to this is a yes. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the addition of 100 mg/day of DHA (Docosahexaenoic, an omega-3 EFA) and 100 mg/day of ARA (arachidonic acid, an omega-6 EFA) that is produced from GLA to
infant formula. The purpose is to make infant formulas more like breast milk. So, giving the content of one ProEFA to an eight months old would provide about the same amount of DHA and half the ARA. Since some of the linoleic acid from the borage oil will be transformed by body into ARA, the total ARA will be close to the 100 mg/day dose. The 140 mg of EPA will be welcomed by the body.
Recommendation: Since these are over the counter nutritional supplements the decision as to undertake this preventive pathway or not is ultimately yours. Nevertheless, please contact your pediatrician and share this information with him/her. I shall be
happy to answer your pediatrician’s questions on the above. I would like to hear from all those who want to try supplementing siblings with EFA for preventive purposes BEFORE STARTING THE SUPPLEMENTATION. It would be great if we could follow the changes in the supplemented sibling as they happen.
Best wishes and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Robert Katz, Ph. D.