Two common questions for us here at Ddrops Company are “How much DHA should I give my child” and “What are the DHA recommendations for infants and children in the US?” With multiple health and scientific organizations, not to mention the busy life of a parent, defining DHA recommendations can quickly become very difficult. Luckily, we’re here to help. While we here at Ddrops Company cannot recommend dosing to your specific needs, we can provide you with the dosing information specifically for infants and children from many groups here in the United States.

DHA has long been identified as a key component for good health, and is specifically recognized for its importance in supporting healthy brain and visual development in infants and children.* During the first few years of life and in adolescences a child’s brain and cognitive function undergoes significant growth and development. Adequate DHA intake supports health brain and eye development during these critical stages.*

Below is a summary of the current DHA recommendations from US and worldwide expert groups:

DHA recs chart
Please remember your healthcare professional would be the best person to speak to with regarding your specific needs around DHA supplementation.


 

[1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2010). Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition: Report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper 91. Rome

[2] Koletzko B Lien E Agostoni C Böhles H Campoy C Cetin I Decsi T Dudenhausen JW Dupont C Forsyth S Hoesli I Holzgreve W Lapillonne A Putet G Secher NJ Symonds M Szajewska H Willatts P and Uauy R (2008). The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations. J Perinat Med 36:5-14.

[3] Institute of medicine, Seafood choice: Balancing Benefits and Risk, October 2006

[4] Johnston M Landers S Noble L Szucs K and Viehmann L for the Section on Breastfeeding (2012). Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics 129:e827-e841. [online] Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.full.pdf+html

[5] American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada (2003). Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets. J Am Diet Assoc 103:748-65. [online] Available at: http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0002-8223/PIIS0002822303002943.pdf

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.