Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Everyone in our family takes Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil every day.
I go into the reasons why on my post: 3 Supplements Everyone Should Take Every Day. Basically this traditional superfood is the best source of naturally-occurring fat-soluble vitamins A & D you can find. This cod liver oil blend is also high in vitamins E & K, essential minerals, and contains a vast array of essential fatty acids (omega 3′s, etc.). You’ll notice that we also take skate liver oil for the extra vitamins and minerals that are helping us battle tooth decay (read more about that here).
This stuff isn’t synthetic- it’s the real deal. The “real deal” means it tastes horrible. And if you leave it on dishes or clothes, it smells horrible and won’t go away!
The trick to getting your kids to take this potent cod liver oil blend is to start them on it as early as possible- like 6-8 months old- and always associate it with something really yummy. I start giving my kids just a little bit of this cod liver oil in “chocolate creme gel” flavor at age 6 months. (We also use the spicy orange flavor of skate liver oil.)
As they get older, like 1-3 years old, I always associate it with something sweet like a little fruit juice or maybe even a bite of ice cream. By 3-4 years old, I’ve totally brainwashed them and they think their cod liver oil is a treat.
Seriously. A treat.
You can see in the video that they truly look forward to taking their cod liver oil. It’s truly amazing. Most adults, like me, gag in disgust if I try taking it. Some people don’t mind the taste at all, but for most of us the easy-to-swallow capsules are the best choice.
So if your kids don’t swallow pills yet, try my suggestions or try some of the awesome suggestions below. I recently asked my Facebook followers how they give their kids cod liver oil (CLO or FCLO for fermented cod liver oil). I had a great response from real parents, and here are my favorites…
How Other Real Parents Give Their Kids Cod Liver Oil (even older kids):
- Leah says: My daughter (and now son too) LOVE “juice” (they get watered down flavored water kefir, but it’s juice to them!) and so we started calling it Cod Juice! And everyone takes their cod juice together and it’s fun!
- Laura says: We chase our spoonful with a glass of raw milk. It gets the fishy taste out of your mouth right away. I always make a face when I take mine and then rush to down my milk–I think my son thinks its so funny that he is the one who reminds me we need to take it if I forget!
- Sara from Healthy Families for God: I think it helps most of all to make sure the parent’s perspective about cod liver oil is right. When we tend to think it’s a mediocre supplement with minimal value, we don’t prioritize it as much and try less at getting our kids to take it. If, however, a child has a bacterial infection, for example, a parent will get creative and try every trick in the book to get their child to take their antibiotics. We need to understand the immense benefits of cod liver oil and carry over the same effort and creativity at getting children to take cod liver oil as we would an important medication. Also, making it mandatory and staying persistent will help a child to eventually figure out that they may as well just get used to taking it every day! That said, my kids actually love cod liver oil. We use Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil and my older children’s favorite is the cinnamon. They run to the kitchen when it’s time and excitedly get out their spoons. No joke. My little ones take orange with kombucha (instead of juice) and love it. Start ‘em when they are young!
- Jennifer from Growing Up Triplets: Start young! My triplet three year olds take it straight or mixed with other vitamins! Take it yourself! Show them mom and dad like to take their vitamins.
- Nikki says: Ok this is what I did initially to help the taste- I gave him orange flavored. I juiced an orange and a lemon (lemon is key to cut the fish taste) and put it in that and let him use a straw, then let him have”good juice”. It makes a huge difference!!
- Anne says: Two of my kiddos learned to swallow capsules at a young age, so they have it easy! One is still struggling, so I squeeze the contents of the Green Pastures FCLO capsule into a spoonful of yogurt, and she takes it all in one bite. Not great tasting, but doable.
- Cassie says: Radiant life offers a cinnamon tingle version that is so good.
- Mary says: We take green pastures Oslo Orange. I finally convinced my 3 year old to try it, and when he got a little in his mouth I made a huge deal of cheering and clapping. In only a few days, he was taking his full serving, and we always cheer. He cheers for me, too. He’s such a picky eater that I never thought he would take fclo. I also bought some Nordic Naturals strawberry and I add a tiny bit to the fclo. I also explained to him at first hour it was good for his body, etc. But the cheering seems to seal the deal.
- Real Food Eater makes elderberry shots with the cod liver oil.
- Crystal says: I buy lemon flavored FCLO and mix it with a couple ounces of lemonade.
- Ashley says: I use the cinnamon tingle FCLO and put applesauce on the spoon to make it like cinnamon apple sauce – my boys have never complained about it.
- Sarah says: My children 3 and 5 take FCLO liquid straight and plain, how do I get them to take it? Give them a frozen blueberry afterwards, I tried mixing it, forcing it, hiding it… Nothing works like a simple blueberry!
- Erika says: We started young, as a first food (oil aspiration is very dangerous so we mixed it with egg yolk or avocado or used the high vitamin butter oil blend) and our now 4yr old and 1 1/2 yr old beg for it like it’s candy. Right now they are on the non-flavored hvbo blend and they like it less in general but a bribe of a very small piece of very dark chocolate does the trick when they’re reluctant. The cinnamon one made their mouths burn but any cinnamon on their skin turns it red so I think they’re sensitive to cinnamon. It helps when we make it a part of a morning or evening routine. We can tell a difference in the kids’ attitudes when there’s a lapse in FCLO consumption. That keeps us motivated to keep on schedule.
- Troy says: We mix ours with tuna fish. Since our girls love tuna fish, they never notice the dose of FCLO.
- Stephanie says: My 2 year old son takes the Green Pastures cinnamon tingle FCLO/butter blend. I mix it with his morning dose of my homemade elderberry syrup that also has cinnamon in it.
- The folks from Fresh Local Provisions say: Drizzle over any compatible food (omelette, pizza, pasta, etc). Add a little to salad dressings. It’s amazing that we all tend not to mind the flavor of anchovies and the oil it comes in, but CLO has a bad rap.
- Susan says: My kids get a spoonful of coconut oil and a baby spoon sized (only spoon I have that fits into the jar) serving of Green Pasture Chocolate Creme FCLO every night before bed. They are 9 and 7, and don’t think anything of it. It has been the same routine every night for about four years now. They don’t care for the flavor of the coconut oil, so they take that first then chase it with the FCLO.
- Casey says: We mix it with a bit of juice and the kids are so excited that they’re getting juice that they ask for it!