OP - I am going assume you are already using positive reinforcement and discipline
. I had fish oil recommended to help DS with concentration and focus, but that is a symptom of other issues. He had speech delay and real issue with sitting still (also sleep problems and other issues). I had lots of people giving advice like "no red cordial/no sugar etc etc" - problem was - he never had red cordial or soda, he also does not get loads of candy or sugar. Instead I grew vegies and would make his meals from scratch - I even made his bread. I went to parenting classes, speech therapists, maternal health nurses and doctors and while they could see the issues they had no answers. Discipline was an exercise in frustration. My DS wants to be good he just finds it really hard to control himself.
After seeing a Pediatrician who said "he is probably ADHD, but we can't be sure til he is 5 at least" , I was at my wits end. I needed help NOW - I was pregnant with DD and moving countries and DS would scream for hours at night trying to go to bed. He would have massive tantrums and bounced from wall to wall. We saw a natropath who suggested he had intolerance's. He was found to be gluten intolerant and removing gluten went a long way to helping those problems. This is not to say that is your DD's problem. My point is that I searched until I finally got help and advice that worked.
My 3.5yo DS can now sit still while doing lessons with me for a good hour (Even typing that I am amazed). He goes to sleep most nights within 30mins and can go into a store with a tantrum most of the time. He has bad days and still has to use up a lot of energy, but he is much closer to a normal 3 year old now. I can't say whether the Fish oil definitively helps, but I THINK it has an impact. There is research that has suggested that Omega 3 fatty acids have a "medium to strong treatment effect" ( in blind studies) on symptoms of ADHD and other developmental disorders. Our Pediatrician actually suggested the fish oil as well.
Also to add - the Ped referred us to Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA's) and while we didn't get much chance for help from them they did prepare DS for our international move and helped me cope.
ETA - DS also eats lots of fish - he loves tuna (fresh and can) and sushi.
This post has been edited by vitaechel: 12/02/2013, 08:32 AM