My Aidan has always been an active boy. A strong willed boy. Wild, giddy and gorgeous. As a baby he slept a lot but when he was awake he was always moving, even when he couldn’t even walk.
I’m the type to worry though, especially before I got my stress and anxiety under control. I worried that he was too active, too giddy and perhaps too defiant. Remember the incident with the car?! I took to Google for answers, which, now with the value of hindsight, was not the best idea I ever had.
All sorts flashed up on my computer screen; autism, ADD, ADHD and my mind went in to overdrive. My research annoyed Daddy Chambers and annoyed him a lot. To prove me wrong he allowed me to take Aidan to speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and most recently for a psychological assessment.
The speech and language therapist said he was fine and there was no need for him to see her again. The other two experts didn’t see huge problems either. They said he had some attention issues but nothing was ever flagged as a problem. There was never a diagnosis of anything and Daddy Chambers was only too delighted to tell me ‘I told you so’.
Deep down I knew he was right but that still didn’t take away from the fact that Aidan was wild, which was fine at home but not great when you had to take him somewhere. His refusal to listen was as frustrating as hell and I stressed about it all the time.
Following the psychological assessment in early December just passed, I reached out to some mammy friends for advice. I was told to look in to his gut health, make sure he was getting enough essential fatty acids and general vitimans and minerals.
Aidan used to be a great eater but a bout of sickness when he was two years old changed that and he never returned to being a non fussy eater. Fish is a compete and utter no go with him, as are most veg (unless they are deeply concealed!). In fact if I allowed him, he would live on a diet of potato waffles and rashers, which of course I don’t!
Supplements for child behaviour
So this time I used my friends and Google to my advantage and started to look up supplements. I picked up a bottle of Eskimo-3 Kids Omega-3 fish oil supplement, Udo’s Choice Children’s Blend Probiotic capsules and Nature’s Plus Animal Nature’s Plus Animal Parade chewable multi vitamins.
Before continuing can I just add that I bought all three products myself, they haven’t been sponsored and this post is totally and utterly unbiased. I feel it’s really important to say that because if, like I was, you are a parent reading this and have concern about your child’s behaviour, it’s nice to read about real experiences and results of supplements for child behaviour.
So, in just over a month we have seen absolutely remarkable changes in Aidan and I am not exaggerating. We see it at home, my mother sees it and so too do all our family in Galway. He’s still our fun, happy-go-lucky little man but he’s calmer, less impulsive, less frustrated and his concentration levels have been transformed. I’m totally and utterly flabbergasted.
Now of course it could all be just a coincidence but I find it hard to beleive that a couple of weeks after introducing the above supplements, he simply ‘matured’ all of a sudden. Either way, we and more so him, are just loving it. It didn’t think it could be possible but he’s happier than he’s ever been and beleive me, he was a majorly happy child before taking supplements.
So there you have it. If you are having similar concerns maybe give supplements for child behaviour rather than panicking like I did. It won’t do any harm and that’s for sure. I now know Aidan was lacking in Omega 3s, perhaps had poor gut health and lacking in vitamins because of his poor eating habits. Had I looked for real advice from friends to begin with, I might not have worried myself so sick.
On a side note, getting Aidan to take the supplements was a tad tricky but we have it all sorted now. The probiotic capsules are tasteless so we open them up and put the powder in a drink of milk. The multi vitamins are tasty and he has no problem just chewing these, while we mix the fish oil in orange juice for him.