How to Get Your Child To Take Cod Liver Oil

by Sarah Healthy Living, Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 105

Silver SpoonHands down, one of the most frequent questions I get via email is how to get a child to take cod liver oil.

What are you going to do if they spit it out after all?   Not a whole lot except clean up the mess on the floor!

Once they spit it out after the first try, a toddler will typically refuse to open his/her mouth again for a second go.  What is to be done at this point?  Prying the mouth open and shoving a spoon or eyedropper in there in decidedly not a wise approach!

Sometimes it is best to just throw in the towel until the child is older and other methods of coaxing can be effectively used such as dessert after dinner if the dose is taken or a favorite TV show or activity can be withheld for really stubborn cases.

But what to do in the meantime once the wall of refusal has been firmly erected by your child?

Skin Readily Absorbs Cod Liver Oil

The great news is that the nutrients in cod liver oil are readily absorbed by the skin.

Drug companies are increasingly taking advantage of the ability of skin to absorb chemicals of all kinds with the smokers patch being one of the most well known.  There are now skin patches for birth control and even a patch for motion sickness when you take a cruise or fly in a plane.

Skin will not only readily absorb drugs but it also absorbs nutrients.   When you sunbathe with no sunscreen, the vitamin D forms in the tiny pools of oil on your skin to be easily and quickly absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

There is evidence that oil itself is also absorbed by the skin.  Midwives frequently suggest rubbing castor oil on the belly of a pregnant woman who is overdue in order to stimulate contractions.

Using this information to get cod liver oil into your child with no swallowing needed is just the ticket!

Where to Apply the Cod Liver Oil?

Since the type of cod liver oil I recommend – the fermented kind – does indeed stain clothing and burn the eyes, it is important to put the cod liver oil in an area that is not easily accessed by little fingers and hands.

The best place for application then is your child’s bare bottom.   Slathering a bit of cod liver oil on his/her bottom at diaper change time works really well.  In fact, this is what the owners of Green Pasture Products, manufacturer of the fermented cod liver oil, did with their youngest child who was quite the stubborn case when it came to taking his daily cod liver oil dose!

You can slather the 1/4 -1/2 tsp daily dose on at one time if you like.  There’s no need to put it on at every diaper change.

If your child is out of diapers already, you can slather the cod liver oil on the belly area instead and wrap some gauze around the torso to keep it from contacting clothing.   This approach also works for older children with disabilities who may not be able to respond to the reasoning approach.

Don’t worry about a fishy smell either.   Any fishy odor is surprisingly gone within just a few minutes of application to the skin!

Which Fermented Cod Liver Oil Product to Use?

It is your personal choice whether to apply the plain fermented cod liver oil or use the fermented cod liver oil blended with the high vitamin butter oil.  Both will be absorbed although I would suggest using the blend given that the two oils work together in a synergistic fashion and seem to increase the potency and effectiveness of the other according to the research of Dr. Weston A. Price.

Using this concept of skin absorption of nutrients, Green Pasture Products is currently in the process of developing some new skin based products that contain the fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil.

In the meantime, just slathering on the same stuff you would normally take off the spoon will work just fine!

Where to Buy Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Please see my Resources page for where to buy fermented cod liver oil and butter oil.


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Comments (105)

  • OrganicBioMama

    I remember I came across this article when I was looking for ways making the FCLO more palatable for my kids. My research was not lucky and I simply applied it to their skin which they did not like either because of the smell. I would not make them take it from a spoon because they would run, cry, throw tantrums.

    But now my kids who are 2 and 4-year old ASK me for their fermented cod liver oil sometimes 2-3 times a day:)) I accidentally “invented” a blend which my kids now LOVE!!!.

    May 27th, 2016 7:37 pm Reply
  • KC London

    Just something I learned the hard way… Not only does this stuff stain, the smell remains too. I put some on my sons back and put an old shirt on not caring if it became stained. Then I put it through the was and it still smelled, then I soaked it in Clorox 2 for 2 1/2 days and put it through a heavy cycle in the wash, it still smells just as strong as the first day. Oops, lesson learned!

    March 16th, 2016 1:51 am Reply
  • Rachel


    Just a question. Do you know if the essential fats are absorbed through the skin as well as the fat soluble vitamins?


    December 1st, 2014 2:53 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    Can this method be used with just regular cod liver oil (not fermented)?

    March 12th, 2014 9:08 pm Reply
  • Osiris

    My question to Sara is that with many information that I have read I am a little confused on how to give my baby the FCLO/ BO? My baby is almost 6 months and want to make sure the right amount suggested, also bought the FCLO that it’s mix with BO and want to know what’s the amount when it’s mix. How can I give it to my baby if I am feeding him formula and what would be the right time to give it to him. I have the non flavor cause I believe it’s the right one when u have a baby. Please give me an advise ASAP

    March 4th, 2014 1:02 am Reply
  • Laura

    Would the cod liver oil hurt cloth diapers since it stains clothes?

    February 15th, 2014 7:47 am Reply
  • Barbi

    Hi Sarah, could you please tell me if I can rub the fclo/bo blend on my 1.5 month old? I know you recommend to have them ingest it around 3-4 months, but just not sure about the whole topical way to do it. Thank you!

    January 11th, 2014 12:24 am Reply
  • Joyce

    Thank you SO MUCH for this!! We started with the cod liver oil two months ago, and my baby (now nine months) hates it so much that he has started rejecting everything I put it in, including any solid food and even my breast milk!! We had decided to stop trying for fear he would regress with his eating. I’m looking forward to giving this a shot!

    December 21st, 2012 10:37 am Reply
  • Ann Kneeland

    Thank you, Sarah, I can’t wait to try this with my 3-year-old who is only in diapers at night. He has a small cavity on the inside of one of his front teeth so it has got to get in him now somehow.

    Something that could be helpful to others, that I learned at a WAP food seminar: mix CLO/butter blend – chocolate flavor, with a tablespoon of coconut oil, a smidge of honey and a dash of cinnamon. This makes a tasty sweet little pudding. My son will have none of it, but it is really quite a treat. Maybe someone else’s kid will enjoy.

    Thanks again.

    August 30th, 2012 7:26 pm Reply
  • SarahM

    I just wanted to chime in with my method. I thank everyone here for their advice; it all really helped me! I ordered the Cinnamon Tingle FCLO/HVBO gel. At first I put it in a smoothie and. . . it ruined that smoothie. I was worried. I tried it straight and the cinnamon is pretty strong. Then I tried mixing a spoonful of the gel with a spoonful of maple syrup. My kids love it! They are boys, 6 and 3, and picky eaters. They’re so excited to take their “vitamin syrup” every night. They try to push each other out of the way “Me first! Me first!” They always want more. Last night my 6yo told me “Mom, when I’m a grown-up I’m going to give my kids ‘vitamin syrup’ every day. Just like this!” Success!!

    May 1st, 2012 5:43 pm Reply
    • restorationgril

      Okay help me out, sister. I’m getting my first bottle in the mail soon. I am an adult but desperately want to cover up the NON FLAVORED Cod liver / butter oil combo coming. From what I understand the FCLO is like a gel…. how do you mix the gel with the liquid maple syrup? Do you have to melt the FCLO some way first or do you use a spoon to mash it up? I think your idea is wonderful – ‘Spoon Full of Sugar’ and all that…! Thanks for any help. I have suffered with CF since 1997 and have developed food intollerance to every food except green beans, fish, peas, steak, and broccoli. The allergic reaction and swelling in my brain when I eat a ‘wrong’ food is unreal. It’s a mess. I’m hoping this can help me.

      February 21st, 2013 8:55 pm Reply
  • tracy

    And it looks like Green Pasture now does have two skin products with the HVBO & FCLO in them! A”Beauty Balm” and a “Calm Balm” (a chest rub) – here’s the link: I am going to try…!

    March 2nd, 2012 12:06 pm Reply
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  • Angie

    I now sandwich the gel in some very soft (homemade) ice cream & it slides right down without them tasting it! :) They actually ask for it every day!

    January 23rd, 2012 6:46 pm Reply
  • Flo

    This is Flo again. I wanted to add that we bought the capsuls from Radient Life company. So should they only take one or two? Thanks.

    January 19th, 2012 2:22 pm Reply
  • Flo

    I just got some cod liver oil and butter oil blend. How much should I give my 9yr old and 11 yr. old? Oh and I just read it’s great for winter when there isn’t as much sunlight. But that in the summer it could be dangerous due to a vitamin D overdose, whats your take on this?

    January 19th, 2012 2:17 pm Reply
  • Angie

    I recently bought the chocolate creme FCLO/BO combo, & it is really nasty. :( My kids are 2 yrs., 4 yrs. & 5 yrs., are the capsules an o.k. dosage for them? They are really excited to try to swallow them without chewing, so I think they can do it. The older 2 have developed some significant tooth decay in the past few months, so they definitely need it, but I want to be cautious. My son seriously almost threw up when he ate the spoonful (willingly) & was crying & gagging. I really didn’t blame him. I also put it in a smoothie, & it was terrible. I am perfectly willing to use the capsules. I just was curious about the kids.

    January 10th, 2012 12:45 am Reply
    • Ann Kneeland

      Angie, I bought the same. I bought after getting a recommendation from a WAP food seminar that included this recipe for getting kids to eat the FCLO/BO. My 3-year-old won’t eat it, but I think it is tasty. Try it.

      Mix oil/butter dose with a tablespoon (roughly) of coconut oil, a bit of honey and a dash of cinnamon. I think it makes a tasty little pudding although my small one disagrees.

      Maybe yours will like it. We have just discovered my son has a small cavity on his front tooth so we are on a mission to get some in him.

      August 30th, 2012 7:31 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    What an interesting discussion! Kids have so many different personalities. I feel fortunate that both of my kids have always likes fish oil, CLO, and now FCLO which we just started taking recently. I have always taken regular CLO myself, even when I was a kid. I don’t know if my taking it during pregnancy and lactation helped them like it…or maybe that they had tastes of it early on in life. Personally I don’t believe in rewarding my kids; it doesn’t feel right to me. To get them to try new foods, I model and do it myself, while explaining to them why I am doing it. I don’t put any pressure on them; I just act like it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s their personalities–I am not sure–but eventually they want to try, too. My oldest daughter seems to have an interest in her health and likes the idea of doing healthy things for herself! I love seeing that, and I do hope it lasts.

    August 27th, 2011 12:07 am Reply
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  • Dawna

    What about putting it on the bottom of their feet? Is the butt or the stomach somehow a better way to absorb it? I always thought that the feet had the largest pores of the body and absorbed the best. I have one daughter that actually loves CLO she even happily takes the FCLO/BO but my other refuses. I have rubbed on her bottom but just thought maybe the feet would work better…. please advise :)

    July 25th, 2011 6:55 pm Reply
  • Erica

    I sometimes drizzle a bit over their salad along with homemade lemon juice/olive oil salad dressing.. They never notice. Works great for picky teens/tweens.

    July 13th, 2011 2:09 am Reply
  • Liz

    Now that it’s summer, I tell my kids that they can’t play outside or go swimming until they take their FCLO. And I’ve been upping the dose a bit as it helps with protection from sunburn.

    My 2 year old daughter used to ask for a second round of the stuff. I thought it was strange, but gave it to her anyway… figured that if she wanted more, she probably needed it.

    July 12th, 2011 3:07 am Reply
  • Crystal

    Yep, we have a super cute tee that is forever stained from my 3 y.o. spitting out the FCLO. :)

    July 11th, 2011 12:44 pm Reply
  • Laura

    I tried this and the fishy smell did not go away! My son smelled terrible until he finally took a shower, several hours later. I had to wash it off my daughter within 10 minutes b/c she couldn’t stand the smell. Going to try some of the other suggestions of taking it by mouth!

    July 9th, 2011 11:44 pm Reply
  • bill hort

    Great article and I very much enjoy when I learn something absolutely new! As for our family of five, we began serving around 6mos of age. Now you may all laugh, but we were inspired by Mary Poppins “spoonful of sugar” and now give fermented cod liver oil with some homemade ice cream in the same spoon!

    July 9th, 2011 6:05 pm Reply
  • donna

    When I lived with the grandkids, age 2 & 4, I gave them CLO every day. They previously took “fishy oils”, but the sweetened kind. I think it helped that they were used to the idea of “fishy oils”. At first, they resisted b/c of the taste, so I made a big deal out of it, but in a fun way. One boy each day got to help with the preparation. This meant he got to sit high up on the kitchen counter which helped him feel special. First we put warm/hot water into a small cup. A capuccino cup or a shot glass works great. Even a wine glass would feel impressive. Add the butter oil till melted. Then a small amount of juice, then the CLO. They loved being able to pull the CLO out with the syringe and squirt it into the juice. For a while, we also made a contest out of it. On the count of 1-2-3, we would see who could down it fastest. Then, for a while, the youngest decided he wouldn’t take it. I didn’t fight with him, but whenever his big brother took it, I would tell him, “Wow, you’re getting taller…must be that CLO!” or “Wow, let me check your muscles! That CLO really makes you strong!” Before too long, the young one was back taking CLO and showing me his muscles! I don’t live with them any more, but whenever I visit, the first thing they tell me is whether they did or did not take their “fishy oil”!

    July 9th, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
  • Anji Sandage (@MeanRoosterSoup)

    How do you get your kids to take FCLO? Just ask the healthy Home Economist!

    July 9th, 2011 3:09 am Reply
  • Kate

    I have been experimenting with putting plain FLCO on my ankle to see what good effects it might have on my skin. Based on my experience, I disagree with the report that the smell goes away in an hour. I would put it on at bedtime and still smell it in the morning, not nearly as bad but if my nose was within a half foot of the area I could sure smell it and that was with an application of just 2-3 drops. I have no problems taking this by mouth but the smell on my skin was annoying enough that I stopped my skin experiment. So if you have a child who is very smell sensitive, be warned.

    July 9th, 2011 1:42 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I’m wondering how thick you put it on? Sometimes when I give the daily FCLO to the kids it drips on their arm or whatever off the spoon. They just rub it in and the smell is gone in minutes. They even go to school like this and no one has ever said they smell fishy. I think slathering it on too thick might make it smell for awhile.

      July 9th, 2011 9:21 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Well , thank Sarah,
    My two and a half year old is giving me hard time not just about her FCLO, but about all her food, THE GIRL HATES FOOD, she is killing me, I don t know what to do with her all she eats now is her raw milk which she loves and the butter oil and her probiotics, I do put the FCLO on her bottom , but she just doesn t eat, even when m lucky enough and she decides to open her mouth to sth she would keep it in her mouth foe hours if I ignore her, otherwise I have to say chew your food, swallow your food a hundred time before she does, then we have to repeat this every meal, I m telling you , we are all hating meal time, I am desperate for some help here. Even when I make Ice cream, cookies, cake she doesn t care about food.. What do you think I should do, She never had any junk ,no vaccines, no drugs , we all are on a gluten free diet, I cook everything at home, we only get raw milk, pastured chiken, no pig, grassfed meat, lots of great fat but I wish she would eat all those good things,I want her to be strong and healthy I love your blog and I trust your advice.

    July 9th, 2011 12:04 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Sarah, it is possible for a child to drink too much milk. If it were my child, I would try reducing the milk to make way for some food in her diet or at least substitute a smoothie for a glass where you can mix in some egg yolks and nutritional yeast .. low thiamine can give a poor appetite (one of the B vitamins).

      July 9th, 2011 9:19 am Reply
  • Amy Davidson Heaton via Facebook

    My 7 kids line up with their spoon and and happily take their serving of CLO. I start them out when they are two and they don’t know to dislike it. They actually say YUMMY!!!

    July 8th, 2011 8:55 pm Reply
  • Marian Hope Center (@MarianHopeCntr)

    What a great idea! We all know that fish oil is good for our kids, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can…

    July 8th, 2011 5:21 pm Reply
  • Krista Joy Arias (@kristaarias)

    How to Get Your Child To Take Cod Liver Oil – The Healthy Home Economist

    July 8th, 2011 5:11 pm Reply
  • Bonny

    We’ve just started buying the mint flavored emulsified FCLO, and I mix it with butter oil. I mix my 16 month-old’s with a capsule of BioKult probiotic and plain yogurt and he gobbles it up, sometimes saying “Num num num num.” It’s really cute. My oldest (6 years old) takes it straight with a sip of raw milk right afterwards (I do the same thing). My 4 year-old takes it straight and then drinks water right afterwards. I then give the older two their probiotic. It’s the nightly ritual everyone’s come to expect!

    July 8th, 2011 2:10 am Reply
  • Stephanie B. Cornais

    Oh Sarah, I love you so much! This is so awesome. I have been putting the oil (green pastures of course) in her smoothies, but some days she doesn’t get a smoothie if we are too busy and she misses a dose that way. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow! Thanks again!

    July 8th, 2011 12:07 am Reply
  • Mary

    Oh…I wanted to add that I also let the butter oil come to room temp so that it is liquid and mix it with the FCLO which I then put in the juice concentrate and then suck it up with the plastic syringe.

    And on flavor…I use plain FCLO with Raspberry butter oil and add it to Brownwood Acres Raspberry juice concentrate. For me, I take the mint FCLO straight on a spoon. It’s not bad at all but a bit strong for kids.



    July 7th, 2011 10:00 pm Reply
  • Mary

    I have a wonderful way to get kids to take cod liver oil. Mix it with a juice concentrate (I used the ones from Brownwood Acres because they are thick) and put it into a little plastic syringe and squirt it into the child’s mouth. Try to get them to smile and just squirt it between their inner cheek and back teeth. You’re not using much juice concentrate, so it doesn’t put a lot of fruit sugar into their system. It’s tasty and kids think this is funny. You can also just mix it in a cup and let them drink it but the squirt is more fun. Right after while their giggling hand them a healthy snack and a glass of raw milk…or in hot months some homemade ice cream or a homemade ice pop.

    Hope this help.



    July 7th, 2011 9:52 pm Reply
  • Jessica K

    Thank you! Posts like these are why I read your blog. I think I speak for a lot of women when I say I don’t have a lot of people to turn to in my circle of family and friends who have much experience living this lifestyle.

    July 7th, 2011 9:43 pm Reply
    • Tiffany (As For My House)

      Hear, hear!!

      July 9th, 2011 9:24 am Reply
    • Stephanie F

      Amen to that!

      June 20th, 2014 10:05 pm Reply
  • Jennie

    Thanks Sarah, I’m so pleased about this post and all the helpful comments from others with their tips. I’ve been dragging my heels buying FCLO because I wasn’t sure which one to get knowing my 13 year son with Aspergers would not take it. It’s been my experience that I have to hide things in his food and drink, and even then it doesn’t work if the colour, taste or texture is too different. It didn’t occur to me to try hiding this because it’s such a strong flavour, but I think I’ll get the plain oil and try hiding it in things like mashed potato. I have the butter oil covered – I finally made some last weekend when I made another batch of butter (with low temp pasteurised cream as I can’t get raw) – thanks for your very helpful video!

    July 7th, 2011 9:03 pm Reply
  • Emily Harris (@emwharris)

    So good! Will b doin this!RT @KristinaPC: Great advice! RT @realfoodmedia: How to Get Your Child To Take Cod Liver Oil

    July 7th, 2011 8:38 pm Reply
  • Amy Bonaquist Hardesty via Facebook

    I didn’t know it was a problem… my four year old will even take the Mediterranean flavor fermented cod liver oil, I can’t even make myself do that.

    July 7th, 2011 5:37 pm Reply
  • Marisa

    Somewhat off-topic, but it’s really sad how a small child’s will is allowed to prevail over an adult’s… resorting to bribes and begging and even monetary payment. It should be known willful, disobedient children are unique to and characteristic of modern Western culture. I understand CLO is unpleasant for many kids, but think about it: it’s what’s best for them, and they are not exactly the greatest judge of what’s best for them, you are. So train them to obey you, wise parent. Years later, they’ll thank you… for their healthy bodies and characters.

    July 7th, 2011 4:54 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I totally agree with you Marisa that for older children (over age 3 or so), taking the daily FCLO is simply a discipline issue. My kids would never even dream of saying “no” to me when I tell them it’s time for their dose. They understand that there would be consequences for disobedience or even for whining about it.

      For children that are young, however, other options are needed as consequences for a young toddler or baby are futile or even damaging to their psyche until their cognitive abilities have developed to the point of understanding the basic concept of cause and effect.

      July 7th, 2011 5:11 pm Reply
    • Cassandra

      Why is the issue of parenting philosophy being brought up in a discussion about CLO? Not everyone places a high value on obedience in their children. You’re passing judgement on the decisions of other parents as if this is somehow a fault, something that comes from pure laziness, and that blind obedience and breaking the will of children is a good thing. Not everyone agrees. This doesn’t belong here.

      July 7th, 2011 10:18 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        My thinking is that once a child gets to a certain age, disobedience with regard to taking CLO has health consequences so the discussion does appear to have value.

        July 7th, 2011 10:30 pm Reply
      • Marisa

        I actually didn’t bring up parenting philosophy first–I was inspired to comment by all the folks who first professed some of their parenting philosophies. Whether that makes it an o.k. topic to talk about, I don’t really know… I’m just reacting.

        I believe many parents in Western society don’t know that they can have really obedient children (not robots who blindly follow, as you seem to be implying), and I believe that most parents desire that. It makes sense. Children, with little to no experience in life, benefit from listening to and obeying their parents, who have more life experience. When untrained kids are given choices, they’re always bent towards immediate gratification in my observations, which results in ruination, if unchecked.
        Therefore the resulting parental philosophy would be to capture the hearts of your children, that is, making them want to obey you, by showing them that you love them and you’re directing them in your wisdom, not just making them do whatever you feel like (which is how so many kids feel). This results in children trusting the judgment of their parents, and wanting from their hearts to please their parents.
        I think most with child-raising experience would agree that this is the ideal situation for both parents and children, because it results in an unstressed parent and a happy child being raised in wisdom, security, and love–unlike the wild, screaming children and burned-out parents (with a love/hate relationship) you see in post-modern cultures today. So, my original comment was to briefly let these folks know: it’s possible.

        I don’t see anything wrong with “passing judgment” as long as it’s not mean-spirited, stems from the sincere desire to be helpful, and may be of actual use to the other person. I welcome these judgments!

        July 13th, 2011 7:34 am Reply
    • June

      Oh it’s not just modern western culture, my mom grew up in a 3rd world country during a dictatorship and it was mandatory for public schools to give cod liver oil to the children everyday… I guarantee you that children then didn’t just think “oh it’s good for my health, I’ll be a good girl and have some”. Even nowadays I got capsules with lemon flavor, and asked my mom if she wanted to take some, that it didn’t taste bad… she’s a very quiet, sweet and well mannered 60 year old lady… and she screamed and ran away to the other room! 😛 Went after her and said “really, you can’t taste it in capsule!” and she just kept saying “No, no, no! No, no, no, I don’t want!”

      December 1st, 2012 2:06 am Reply
  • Tami Mann Traficante via Facebook

    I put a half a teaspoon of the BO/FCLO on gauze and cover that with a wound bandage and put it on my sons backside/hip area. Works great!

    July 7th, 2011 4:37 pm Reply
  • Renee Kelcey via Facebook

    Thank you!! I think this will help us heaps :)

    July 7th, 2011 4:35 pm Reply
  • Mary Lynch

    We mix the butter oil and FCLO together, which really cuts the taste. We put the FCLO in a tiny medicine cup, then set that into warm water until the butter oil is liquid. My girls appreciate the change as they used to have to drink it straight.

    By the way, it stopped “repeating” on us after a few days of regular use. It is only when we stop taking it, then start again, that it comes back (more incentive to take it regularly!)

    My favorite method of getting kids to take their FCLO was the one that the owner of Green Pastures shared. He said that if his children are fussy when it comes to taking their FCLO, then he assumes that their fussiness is a result of a vitamin-deficiency and they must have a double dose. They take their FCLO without fussing every time. Too funny!

    Thank you again, Sarah, for all that you do.

    July 7th, 2011 4:18 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      These are some really excellent tips, Mary. Thank you for sharing!

      July 7th, 2011 4:29 pm Reply
    • Tiffany (As For My House)

      Great advice, thank you!

      Today was our first day, and I mixed the FCLO (mint) and Butter Oil together in a little medicine cup! LOL!

      But, no dice. Both kids were gagging, and my six year old actually ran to the bathroom about halfway through and spit up a little (she didn’t truly “throw up”, but it was really triggering her gag reflex…).


      July 9th, 2011 9:22 am Reply
  • Amanda Earthmothergypsy via Facebook

    I must have weird kids, because they ask me to give them CLO. lol!

    July 7th, 2011 3:40 pm Reply
  • Megan Pratt via Facebook

    By the blend with high vitamin butter oil are you talking about the emulsified or something else? I’ve talked myself into trying it (Green Pastures) and now I’m trying to decide what to buy. If you buy flavored (I’m thinking cinnamon, probably) can you still taste the CLO? Does it give people ‘the burps’ afterwards? If so, do they taste like fish or do they taste like the flavor?

    July 7th, 2011 3:13 pm Reply
    • Casey

      I just started taking FCLO, I got cinnamon flavored, and I do taste it later, like every other day or so. It tastes like the whole FLCO flavor I initially swallowed, cinnamon included. I haven’t figured out what covers up the taste yet. Hope that helps.

      July 7th, 2011 11:44 pm Reply
    • Jen

      It’s a little more pricey, but I buy the capsules. No fish burps or tasting it later in my mouth. It’s worth it!

      July 8th, 2011 9:17 pm Reply
      • Tiffany (As For My House)

        I would gladly pay extra to get the capsules for me (and hubby) … but the Littles don’t swallow yet, so I’m stuck being an example for them. *sigh*

        July 9th, 2011 9:20 am Reply
  • Barbara Grant

    I mix mine with a little water and gulp it down. I put it in a little juice for my son. No problems. Husband won’t take it.

    July 7th, 2011 2:54 pm Reply
  • Danielle L

    I would NOT recommend using FCLO anywhere that would touch clothing or cloth diapers. It does NOT wash out and will destroy everything else in the load. It actually made my washing machine smell, took several bleach washes to get it out. I now use a different brand just because I’m scared of spilling it again on accident and going through all that again.

    July 7th, 2011 1:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, cloth diapers does present a challenge for staining/washing. Might be best that the one or two diaper changes where you use the FCLO to use a nontoxic disposable diaper such as made by Seventh Generation? Since you don’t use the FCLO for every diaper change, this might work.

      July 7th, 2011 1:56 pm Reply
  • Melissa Maertz-Wright via Facebook

    I started giving my son CLO before he turned 1yrs old. I just pop a tab in my mouth and then squeeze it in his mouth so I have started early so he is used to it. I started it later with my daughter so I bought the kids strawberry flavor and she loved them. Then I switched her to the regular tabs and she chews them up and swallows, no prob! She knows it healed her skin so she LOVES her CLO!!! =)

    July 7th, 2011 12:59 pm Reply
  • Michele

    I take the FCLO/BO capsules. I have the chocolate creme FCLO/BO that I bought for my 3yo son, but I can’t stomach it, so I doubt I will get him to. Definitely going to try the smoothie recipe and mixing with peanut butter. Once that’s running low, will definitely try rubbing on his bottom. Appreciate all the great ideas!

    July 7th, 2011 12:58 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    Great idea Sarah – I may try this on my stubborn husband too. Can you hear that converstation?! “Pull down your pants hunny – it’s time for your FCLO!” LOL :-)

    July 7th, 2011 12:53 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      hahahahahah :)

      July 7th, 2011 1:05 pm Reply
  • Maria

    My kids like it with a bit of peanut butter on the tip of the spoon and then fill the rest of the spoon with cod liver oil. I think the peanut butter helps with the oily texture and really helps cover the flavor. All three of my kids (6, 4, and 2) remind me if I forget to give it at breakfast.

    July 7th, 2011 12:08 pm Reply
  • Zsofia

    We also take ours as a family after dinner. We call it cinnamon because that is the flavor we use. The FCLO/butter oil is a gel making it easy to swallow with a glass of water. After, everyone gets a chewable acidophiles that tastes sweet. The chewable was my hook to get the kids to eat it. I also told my three year old that if he fuses he will have to get two spoonfuls. The little one was one when we started and she has really come to like the flavor. So much that she licks the spoon. I didn’t think it possible but the taste has grown on us. In fact I think we like it, gasp!!

    July 7th, 2011 11:47 am Reply
  • Kristina Chastain (@KristinaPC)

    Great advice! RT @realfoodmedia: How to Get Your Child To Take Cod Liver Oil

    July 7th, 2011 11:31 am Reply
  • Liz

    I wouldn’t recommend doing the bottom thing if you cloth diaper. I once spilled fclo and wiped it up with a washcloth, threw the cloth in the wash, and that entire load smelled terrible even after several washes. I give my toddler his fclo in a sippy cup of warm broth. He chugs it right down and asks for more.

    July 7th, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    With my son, he would not take it at all for the first couple months. My daughter gagged on it. I quickly discovered if I handed her the spoon and let her “control” how she was taking it, she was a lot more cooperative and actually enjoyed it. My son watched her with interest and eventually if I handed him the spoon, he would take it too. They usually beg for it. Occasionally my son will refuse for no reason — he likes it! Usually promising him some other food, or with holding it until he takes his dose will work. It doesn’t have to be dessert, just whatever he wants at that moment. I’ve refused to give him plain yogurt (which he loves) until he took it! Then he will grab the spoon and quickly eat it so he can have whatever it is he wants. Occasionally once he tastes it he asks for more…lol.

    Neat trick about the “on the skin” though if your kids will just NOT take it!

    July 7th, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • Kateri Scott via Facebook

    My youngest takes it in his homemade formula. My insanely picky eater actually likes it and asks for it! The kid won’t touch fruit or veggies, or most foods for that matter, but at least she takes fermented cod liver oil!

    July 7th, 2011 11:27 am Reply
  • Sarah Smith

    Wow, you read my mind! I’ve been working on a post about how to take CLO and get kids to take it!

    July 7th, 2011 11:24 am Reply
  • Samantha Salyer Jacokes via Facebook

    This is GOOD to know. I have the cinnamon flavor and it gags me every time I take it. The kids won’t even come in the room when I’m taking it! LOL! But if I can get some plain and rub it on them, that may work.

    July 7th, 2011 11:15 am Reply
  • lydiajoy (@divihealth)

    Can’t get your kids to take cod liver oil? Check this out…….

    July 7th, 2011 11:07 am Reply
  • Marta

    Wow, didn’t know this was not option although I still wouldn’t do it, because I don’t like the smell and I think also too much of the liquid would be absorbed by the diaper/clothes.
    What I do with my 2yo is I mix his cinammon CLO with two tablespoons of apple sauce. He doesn’t feel the difference. Try mixing it with your child’s favorite food! Mixing with juice didn’t work so weel for us, because it doesn’t dissolve in water.

    July 7th, 2011 11:01 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    My girls are 4 and 6 so we just add the chocolate butter oil/FCLO to our smoothies: chocolate almond butter, frozen banana, coconut milk, a touch of honey and a splash of vanilla. We also talk about how good it is for our bodies! We didn’t know about using CLO when they were babies but the skin application approach sounds great.

    July 7th, 2011 10:56 am Reply
    • Tiffany (As For My House)

      Really, that works??

      I have the peppermint FCLO, and it still have a strong enough taste – and feel, and aftertaste – that it’s hard to imagine it doing anything but ruining the smoothie…

      July 9th, 2011 9:16 am Reply
  • Janet Bennett

    I’ll be 81 next month. Growing up in the 30’s we were given our teaspoon of CLO and offered the choice of a pink, yellow, white or green Lovell & Covell mint as a chaser. That only turned us off mints.
    Eventually, probably via a women’s magazine or the Boston Globe Women’s pages, my mother decided to try the then-new capsules, following the (idiotic) suggestion to bury one in a cupcake.
    When it was my turn I bit smack into the capsule and got an unexpected and unwelcome burst of CLO and promptly threw up all over the kitchen floor.

    July 7th, 2011 10:53 am Reply
    • James Knochel

      I like this comment. Humans need to listen to their instincts more.

      My 91-year-old grandmother just told me about how her brother “little Albert” was supposed to take cod liver oil, that he had “osteocrondisplacia”… He hated it too.

      There’s a reason you have to trick kids into taking cod liver oil: human bodies exist at 98.6 degrees (fahrenheit), whereas cod spend their lives in waters that are 32 degrees.

      I think it’s much better to stick to beef liver or lamb liver or chicken livers (warm-weather animals). You get all the vitamins without the nastiness.


      July 7th, 2011 2:09 pm Reply
      • Erica

        Hi James Knochel,

        Although beef, lamb, and even chicken are excellent sources of vitamin A, they lack adequate vitamin D. If one were to consume these foods a few times a week to replace cod liver oil, they would have to regularly consume foods rich in vitamin D as well, such as fish eggs and lard.

        July 8th, 2011 8:11 am Reply
  • Kymberly

    My kids were a bit older (ages 4 through 10) when we started taking clo. I got them to take it by paying them each an extra dollar a week in allowance. I told them I’d rather pay them to take this as an illness prevention strategy than to pay some health care practitioner when they got sick. I also began by introducing it to them as “oil” at first, rather than disclosing its source. They never asked where it came from, and now that they do know, they don’t really care. When we switched to fermented clo, I began offering them a water “chaser” to drink afterward. Although they found the fermented harsher than the original, they still take it because they are unwilling to give up that dollar a week. It worked for me.

    July 7th, 2011 10:45 am Reply
  • Kimberly D’Armond Birch via Facebook

    I take the cinnamon flavored myself.

    July 7th, 2011 10:42 am Reply
  • lisa

    Similar to Emily Duff, we believe in leading by example and making it a ritual. We discuss with our children how most cultures don’t sweeten things as Americans do and that the strong flavors are common to many people (not that this explanation changes the flavor, but the education trains their thinking). My husband makes funny faces as he takes his syringe full (our 4 children are little), and we all laugh at daddy’s contorted face. Everyone else is so brave compared to daddy’s pretend coughing and sputtering. I give them a small chunk of butter oil wrapped in their favorite raw butter. Afterward everyone gets a small bit of raw honey on a separate spoon as a reward. Sometimes I run around the kitchen table dramatically trying to hurry with each child’s dosage of the FCLO because they are all waiting for their honey. Other times, I just have them line up at the counter. It’s just “what we do.” The cold milk chaser is also great for those who are really struggling with the taste. The strong flavor of FCLO also provides a great incentive to have everyone brush their teeth right away without fussing afterward to “get the taste out.”

    July 7th, 2011 10:42 am Reply
    • Amy Love@Real Food Whole Health

      This is so cute! I can just see this playing out. What a loving and creative parenting strategy :)

      July 7th, 2011 11:20 am Reply
  • Georgia

    What about adding liquid FCLO to kids juice? I thought that I’d heard of that idea and planned to try it.

    July 7th, 2011 10:42 am Reply
  • Jill Lillis via Facebook

    Wish my mom had known about this. That nasty stuff repeats on you all day.

    July 7th, 2011 10:36 am Reply
  • emily duff

    i always recommend getting the cod liver oil in at 6 months so children grow up with it “in the water” and it is part of their palate. giving fish eggs at this time as a first food also “seasons” them for strong fishy flavors. we did not do that, unfortunately, and came to FCLO later with our first. we started giving our kids FCLO when sylvia was 4 and henry was 1. we all take it together (parents lead by example) as a family in the morning after breakfast and use the oslo orange flavor. it is a wise tradition in our home like lighting candles for the sabbath or singing happy birthday. when i forget, my children remind me. 5mls for the kids and my husband, 10mls for me. we all chase it with cold raw milk (i don’t need a chaser and neither does my daughter – tough dames in this house!). my husbands says that if he has the right amount of milk with the oil he does not have a problem at all but if he doesn’t have enough he burps up oil for a while and that’s not so nice. i have spilled cod liver oil and it stinks up everything to the point of having to throw things out so i can’t imagine what it would be like applying it to the skin. i reckon we would all smell like fish which might be a bit much to tolerate after a while. making the FCLO (Family Cod Liver Oil is Fermented Cod Liver Oil) a morning (or before bedtime) family routine is a beautiful bond of love, health, wellness and tradition that i hope my children will continue with their families for generations to come. the FCLO will see to that!

    July 7th, 2011 10:30 am Reply
    • Tiffany (As For My House)

      This is great advice. We’re trying to start now (kids 6 and 3), and having a rough go of it…

      July 9th, 2011 9:12 am Reply
  • Kat Vickery-Suits via Facebook

    YEAH!!! I’ve been wracking my brain over this one. Thanks for such great info.

    July 7th, 2011 10:14 am Reply
  • Amanda

    I’ve been doing this with our 6yo son for a month and I have a couple of questions.

    First of all, we use the liquid FCLO (he takes the butter oil on toast) and 1/2 tsp covers the whole front of his body! How can you get it just on the diaper area without it running everywhere? Would using the FCLO/BO combo be not as messy?

    Second, it takes forever to soak in … we’ve been putting it on his chest/stomach after his shower and it takes an hour + to soak in so that it’s dry. Wouldn’t putting gauze over it just cause the oil to soak into the gauze instead of his skin?

    Oh, and third, I’ve noticed that he’s got these little bumps (they look like small bites or hives after his shower – redder) on his chest. Has anyone doing this seen any skin irritation or reaction on their kids?

    Thanks! I knew he’d never swallow it and thought applying it to his skin would be the perfect solution, but it’s pushing back bedtime (which is causing it’s own problems) and (possibly) causing some skin irritation. Ugh! Would switching to the blend possibly solve these issues?

    July 7th, 2011 10:14 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Amanda, try using much smaller amounts that will soak in more quickly and will just spread in the diaper area. You can just apply more frequently instead of just one application.

      July 7th, 2011 10:32 am Reply
    • lisa

      What about offering some raw honey as a reward after the FCLO? My kids don’t get many sweets, so the raw honey-straight off the spoon-is decadent. Keep persisting. You’re doing great trying so hard to give your son the best. Be patient. It will come in time.

      July 7th, 2011 10:45 am Reply
      • D.

        Heh! That’s how I take mine, and I’m an adult. ;-3

        What I can’t tolerate is the after-burps, so the honey solved that problem, too.

        July 7th, 2011 11:57 am Reply
  • Barb Schuetz via Facebook

    SO I bet this would work for me as well!

    July 7th, 2011 10:12 am Reply
  • Kristen Darling-Green via Facebook

    They do sell flavored fermented cod liver oil… my toddler likes the orange… i prefer the cinnamon… either way, it helps to soften the blow.

    July 7th, 2011 10:11 am Reply
  • Tiffany (As For My House)

    What a great idea!!

    I have just ordered my CLO and Butter Oil from Green Pastrues, after reading about them here (thank you!)…

    I am hoping that, since the dose size is small, I can reason with my Littles (6 and 3), but it’s nice to have a back-up option.

    I’ll look forward tot heir skin-focused products!

    July 7th, 2011 9:59 am Reply
  • Heather Brandt

    How young should we start our daughter on fish oil? she is 9 months by calendar (6 months adjusted age–born prematurely). She is still on breast milk.

    July 7th, 2011 9:55 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Heather, do not give fish oil. Only cod liver oil and only the brands recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation as some brands are very low quality.

      The WAPF recommends starting babies on cod liver oil at 3 months of age. At 9 months, she definitely would benefit from a daily dose.

      July 7th, 2011 10:07 am Reply
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