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Is Magnesium Safe for Kids?

Is Magnesium Safe for kids?

I have been asked this questions numerous times from people when they are considering using Magnesium for their kids.  I think that it is because it is not recommended nearly as often as pharmaceutical medications by doctors which, in my opinion, is depressing.

Here is a list of the things that Magnesium is good for:

  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Aggression

Instead of turning to one of the safest minerals on the planet doctors will often recommend things like Miralax, Ritalin, Anti-depressants, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and even Anti-psychotics without even thinking about trying Magnesium.  It is the out-dated mentality of a “pill for an ill” and this at best covers up the symptoms and at worst causes side effects, imbalanced biochemistry, and a messed up gut.

routinely use Magnesium on my adult and pediatric patients.  Its safety profile has been well established.  Of course, too much of anything, can be a bad thing (too much water can actually kill you) but it is very difficult to get too much Magnesium.

The main side effect that children get when consuming Magnesium orally is diarrhea, which is also why it is  so great for constipation.  While this is not a major problem, it can definitely decrease compliance and there is a limit for how much the gut can absorb (this is called bowel tolerance).  That is why for kids I am now recommending trans-dermal Magnesium (applied to the skin).  This doesn’t cause the same diarrhea side effects, but still provides the benefits.

The beauty of trans-dermal Magnesium oil is that it is a gentle way to get kids the Magnesium that they need.  When applying Magnesium to the skin, it is absorbed through the skin and into the blood.  Since this happens fairly quickly most of the time children will notice an improvement in their symptoms in 20-30 minutes.

However, like I said earlier, there can always be too much of a good thing.  The problem with most Magnesium oils is that they are super concentrated.  We are talking about 3000mg/ounce of magnesium.  While great for adults, this is too concentrated for kids.  Not only may they get too much magnesium into their blood, but the super-concentrated magnesium will also cause their sensitive skin to burn and itch.

When formulating our Raise Them Well Magnesium Oil, we wanted to use enough Magnesium to still have an effect, but balance it with Aloe Vera so that it is gentle on the skin.  Our magnesium oil has around 2000mg/ounce which seems to be the right concentration to balance efficacy and tolerance.

I would still recommend testing the Magnesium oil on a small part of skin (like the bottom of the feet) just to make sure that it interacts well with your child since everyone is unique.

 

So, if you child is dealing with any of these conditions:

  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Aggression

I would recommend trying a Magnesium Oil.  You have potentially a lot to gain and very little risk.  Just make sure you choose one that is specifically formulated for kids.

If you’re interested in trying our Raise Them Well magnesium oil you can purchase directly fromAmazon using this link.  Enjoy and please touch base with us if you have any questions at all.

Blessings!

 



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