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Sometimes You Really Just Need The Omega Factor

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Before my little dude started crèche last September, he was never really sick. My relatives even nicknamed him the ‘Teflon toddler’ because no germs ever seemed to stick to him… well, that and the fact that when he fell over he rarely cried, he just got back up and kept running or went back to climbing whatever inappropriate thing he was climbing before he bit the dust.

Ah yes, I don’t mind admitting I was secretly a bit smug about the whole thing. I’d look at all these other children getting coughs, chest infections, chicken pox, rashes and temperatures with a sense of relief that it wasn’t happening to my son. It’s his good genes, I thought to myself. In my mind he was sort of like Bruce Willis in Unbreakable, never sick a day in his life, a little germ-resilient superhero in the making, if you will.

What a load of rubbish! Let’s just say I was, quite rightly, taken down several pegs once he stepped foot inside playschool at 20 months old.

It only took about two weeks until he got his first thumper of chest infection that knocked him for six, while we were coincidentally on our first holiday, which we ended up having to be cut short as he was so out of sorts… yeah Karma really played a blinder there.

Since then, we’ve had a steady stream of sniffles, viruses and what I like to call a permanent ‘death rattle’ of a cough and runny nose. Every time I go up to the crèche door to collect him, I’m met with another jolly sign informing parents about the latest barrage of illness, parasites and infections to be on the lookout for.

I feel like there should be a town crier at the door ringing a bell shouting ‘unclean, unclean!’

Let’s face it, no matter how good your crèche or Montessori is, they are just complete crawling cesspits of childhood illnesses, from hand, foot and mouth, to chickenpox, to a conveyor belt of coughs and colds, it’s almost impossible not to feel like you are on a perpetual treadmill of sickness during those pre-school years.

So with us just getting over another awful round of colds, I resolved to do something about it. To kick the asses of these germs. But short of me sending him into crèche in a toddler-sized hazmat suit, I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do that… And then it came to me.

Hit the germs where it hurts, on their level! I’d heard a few other mums on the grapevine (and by grapevine you know I mean WhatsApp), talking about supplements. It turned out a host of them were actually arming their kids with super supplements to help boost their kids immune systems!

Yes, this was it! I thought to myself, this was going to be my secret weapon par excellence. But how was I going to get the notoriously fussy toddler to take a supplement? This was the child who could spot a rogue pea in his dinner from a mile away, he was never going to willingly take a supplement, was he?

Enter, the Tutti Frutti flavours of Eskimo-3 Kids Supplement  that tastes just like some kind of treat they aren’t normally allowed to have and yet it is sugar and aspartame free!

Packed with immune boosting vitamins D3 and vitamin E, it’s also got high levels of omega-3 DHA, omega-6 and omega-9, which have incredible benefits for both concentration and mood improvement! And for anyone who battles as many on-the-floor toddler tantrums as I do on a daily basis, this was music to my ears. An immune boost, with a shot of improved concentration on the side! A win-win.

According to the science behind the supplement, Omega-3 fatty acids are the most critical building blocks of a child’s brain; they are considered essential and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Without these important fats, it can become difficult for children to concentrate, learn new information and balance their moods properly. Since most children don’t eat oily fish on a regular basis, omega-3s are in short supply during the most critical stages of brain development. Essentially, if your toddler is anything like mine, then you probably get the ‘mammy but I hate fish,’ line thrown at you on a regular basis. Sure he might eat a fish finger, but when it comes down to the Omega-3 rich oily fish he should be eating, it’s a no go.

A 2012 study found Omega 3 DHA had a profound improvement in reading age, concentration and learning ability in children, and lower levels of DHA were attributed to poorer reading and impaired performance. A more recent study revealed that increased omega-3 levels can boost behaviour, attention and literacy in ADHD children.

So to get all these benefits he’d need to be eating three potions of oily fish a week, which is never going to happen.

Thankfully, so far, he loves the taste of his Tutti Frutti treat every day and having had a taste myself I can attest that it does taste good and not fishy. Apparently that’s because it’s extracted from the flesh of the fish and not the liver, it goes beyond the strictest laws to ensure you get a fresh and stable oil, free from contaminants and heavy metals like mercury; therefore it’s as clean as nature intended.

Eskimo-3 Kids is available in Tutti Frutti and Orange flavour, as well as an Eskimo-3 Kids Chewable DHA+ in orange flavour. Eskimo-3 is available in pharmacies and health stores nationwide, find more information about the full range of supplements for adults and children over on www.eskimo3.ie and keep up to date with all their latest news on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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Niamh O'Reilly
Niamh O'Reilly
A full time feature and copy writer, Niamh is a dog-mad, shoe-obsessed, movie-buff, with a curious penchant for politics. Up until her son arrived in December 2016, she’d never changed a nappy, made a bottle or even held a baby for more than 5 minutes without it unleashing what she refers to as ‘the death roar’. Completely unprepared for this momentous change in her life, she’s now trying to navigate the brand new world of motherhood with honesty, grace, love and humour. You can also catch her writing about her journey over at www.themammyblog.ie