Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Apraxia and Supplements

It has been brought to my attention that SpeechNutrients™, a supplement containing fish oil and vitamins K and E (all of which are recommended for helping children with apraxia) is not a recommended brand. This is due to the excessive amounts of Vitamin K and E

According to the product’s chart, the recommended dose of 4 capsules per day (2 capsules twice per day) has children under 4 taking 10,000% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E (according to their information, no allowance has been set for children under 4). People aged 4 and over would be taking 3,330 % of vitamin E and 5,750 % of vitamin K. Since they are vitamins, the doses are not as regulated as medication, so 40 pound 4-year-olds are lumped in the same category as 250 pound, 40-year-old men.

I ordered this product for Luke because it was labeled as peanut, egg, etc free.  Thankfully we just bumped his dose up to 2 capsules a day, so his levels haven't been extreme.  I am discontinuing use of this as of today, and will be switching to Nordic Naturals instead. More information about SpeechNutrients™ can be found here.  A good example of needed to thoroughly research before giving any kind of supplement.  I was so excited to find a fish oil supplement that did not have a peanut warning that I jumped the gun.

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