Creative Ideas that Helps Your Child Take Supplements
In many ways vitamin and mineral supplementation is a complex road often traveled for families with children on the autism spectrum. Causes such as varied dietary issues, restricted food choices or a large number of food intolerances make it hard to ensure each child gets all the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy and balanced body.
Here below are some ideas and suggestions for getting supplements and medications (as needed) into your child’s belly without too much complaint:
BE SURE TO NEVER heat oils such as cod liver oil or flaxseed oil. ALWAYS check labels about heat for each supplement. If there is no information on the label, contact the number on the bottle.
Dilute the supplement in juice or any type of milk substitute such as almond, hemp, coconut, rice, etc.
Syringe them directly into your child’s mouth.
Mix on a spoon with honey or agave to make it extra sweet.
Consider talking to teachers and make sure supplements are taken during ABA sessions.
REWARD taking supplements. Typically a highly motivating reinforcer such as TV, computer, or favorite toy.
Mix supplements with GFCF ice cream or smoothies.
Some children with autism will not swallow pills, so parents need to find another way to get supplements into them. Mixing them into foods is the most popular method, but if you do something to a supplement that ruins
Do not store supplements in a bathroom; vitamins will become dark and may develop brown spots. It is best to keep them in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight and away from moisture with the lid closed tightly. If weather is extremely humid, putting the bottle in a zip lock plastic bag helps keep moisture out.
PDR Supplement A 2005: Physicians' Desk Reference (Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) Supplement) by PDR Physicians Desk Reference for supplement descriptions and doses.