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Are there any problems with using fish oil supplements in children with autism?
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Give it a try
The problem is getting them to actually take it! :-) if you can actually get the kid to ingest it, i recommend a trial of fish oil for most with autism.
Although more research is needed, some research suggests modest benefits from fish oil, and no evidence of any harm. In general, fish oil and a multivitamin (+/- iron depending on constipation) are a good idea for most kids with autism.

In brief: Give it a try
The problem is getting them to actually take it! :-) if you can actually get the kid to ingest it, i recommend a trial of fish oil for most with autism.
Although more research is needed, some research suggests modest benefits from fish oil, and no evidence of any harm. In general, fish oil and a multivitamin (+/- iron depending on constipation) are a good idea for most kids with autism.
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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Fish oil
There is usually no problem, and it may help.
The one problem is that families may ignore more proven treatments. So try fish oil but do not ignore counseling, special education, group counseling, and psychiatric medication.

In brief: Fish oil
There is usually no problem, and it may help.
The one problem is that families may ignore more proven treatments. So try fish oil but do not ignore counseling, special education, group counseling, and psychiatric medication.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Use of Omega 3 + Omega 6 helps kids with ADHD. Haven't seen studies in Autism, but I'd use both.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
should not be any problem using fish oil supplements.

In brief: No
should not be any problem using fish oil supplements.
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Mercury
This depends on the source of your fish oil, and if there was significant buildup of mercury in the fish that was utilized to manufacture the fish oil.
Here is a good study from Mass general on the subject. Stay away from anything with "Jennie McCarthy" on it. Of note, placebo effect in place for these small studies. http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/Omega-3.aspx

In brief: Mercury
This depends on the source of your fish oil, and if there was significant buildup of mercury in the fish that was utilized to manufacture the fish oil.
Here is a good study from Mass general on the subject. Stay away from anything with "Jennie McCarthy" on it. Of note, placebo effect in place for these small studies. http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/Omega-3.aspx
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