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Fish oil could ease tantrums in kids: Study

Kids with severe behavioural problems are able to control their anger better when given fish oil supplements.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 19:50 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

If you are tired of your child’s temper tantrums, just give him/her a dose of fish oil, as a trial has revealed that children with severe behavioural problems were able to control their angry outbursts better when given fish oil supplements.

Eaton Hall School in Norwich recorded a 68% reduction in the most extreme type of attack while pupils ate a healthy diet and took eye q fish oil supplements.

The school provides specialist education for boys with severe behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The trial was carried out on 28 pupils aged 10-16.

During the six months before the trial began, the pupils were involved in 112 incidents of outbursts that required physical management to prevent a child harming themselves or others.

This dropped to 36 during the trial. Three pupils who exhibited the biggest change in behaviour were involved in few or no incidents at all.

"This is the first time that a study of this size just on children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties has been carried out."

It was a unique opportunity because there was already detailed information about individual pupils' behaviour from before the changes in their diet and the introduction of the supplements."

These statistics suggest that as a result of the new health programme and supplements, the children were able to control their anger better, so while outbursts still occurred, they were less extreme, requiring minimal physical intervention from a teacher," Lisa Christensen, Norfolk County Council's director of children's services was quoted by the Daily Mail, as saying.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 15:42 IST