The 2010 musical Tangled said that “mother knows best” — right? We thought so.
It turns out kids have a different idea. Many parents know their kids need magnesium, whether it’s for their focus, their sleep, their sore muscles or a common issue — childhood constipation.
But plenty of children don’t know they’re taking a magnesium supplement when they take Natural Calm. Because their parents don’t tell them!
However, it’s not always so easy.
This month, we got a message from the mom of a 23-month-old girl with constipation. The toddler needed daily magnesium to stay regular, but this mom was having a hard time getting her child to take Natural Calm. Unlike most kids, this child doesn’t have a sweet tooth. And she doesn’t like tart or bubbly tastes either!
There are a number of ways parents serve up Natural Calm to “picky” kids (I mean, we’re all a little picky, right?).
So, first, we’ll discuss the most common ways parents get kids to take their magnesium.
And then we’ll explain what this parent ultimately discovered.
(It worked really well and we’re thrilled! Because no parent wants to see their kid struggle with constipation when magnesium citrate is such a natural solution.)
The Most Popular Ways to Serve Natural Calm to Kids
Make a Natural Calm “Syrup”
For those with kids who love sweet flavours, this is a quick way to make the magnesium go down!
Mix Natural Calm with a small amount of hot water and add a spoonful of honey or maple syrup to give it a sweeter taste. The trick is to use just enough hot water to dissolve the Natural Calm, so the kid only sees a tiny amount of syrupy liquid in the cup.
This works with all flavours of Natural Calm.
Natural Calm Gummies (a favourite!)
As we know, kids are unique. While some don’t like sweet things, others simply aren’t into the idea of drinking their Natural Calm. For those ones, Natural Calm Gummies can be a good solution. They’re yummy, fast, and convenient, for little ones on the go.
Natural Calm gummies are made with magnesium citrate, the highly-absorbable form that helps with constipation.
Your only challenge as a parent will be making sure the kids don’t eat too many! One gummy daily is enough for smaller kids.
Get Creative with Natural Calm for Kids
On our blog, you can find a number of different ways to incorporate Natural Calm magnesium into the foods and drinks your kid already loves!
From various types of smoothies to popsicles, or even magnesium-rich hot drinks… the options for getting creative are almost unlimited!
See more here: https://naturalcalm.ca/category/recipes-and-magnesium-foods/
Ways to Serve Natural Calm for Kids Who Don’t Like Sweet Tastes
Back to our original challenge! The toddler with constipation who doesn’t like sweet and doesn’t like tart. (Natural Calm is both when flavoured and just tart when unflavoured).
Because her child wasn’t fond of sweet things, adding magnesium to her fruit didn’t work.
And Natural Calm gummies were out of the question. (Young children at risk of choking should not take gummies either, though the fact this kid doesn’t like sweet tastes would rule those out as well.)
Kids of this age are too young to take magnesium tablets. And there’s some evidence those aren’t well-absorbed, anyway.
We first recommended the “dilute with tons of water” approach, explained below.
But then the mother got back to us with her own solution: making a sort of broth with Natural Calm!
Natural Calm with Chicken Bone Broth
If you or your kids don’t like sweet tastes either, but love the benefits of Natural Calm, here’s one to try.
Dissolve the magnesium in a little boiling water, add chicken broth, and then a little salt to mask the tart taste.
We’re happy to report that the 23-month-old loves it and even asks for more! We’re so proud of this mom for finding a solution to her daughter’s constipation.
The Ultra-Diluted Method
Another alternative is to dilute the taste of Natural Calm by adding lots of water to your child’s daily magnesium dose, and then putting that water in their water bottle and having them sip it throughout the day.
Chances are, they’ll get their magnesium without even noticing it.
Note that Natural Calm magnesium can also be diluted with juice… but you probably don’t want your child drinking a litre of juice a day!
What NOT to Mix With Natural Calm
We’re sometimes asked about mixing Natural Calm with liquids and foods that just aren’t compatible.
There aren’t many, but it helps to remember that Natural Calm contains citric acid (it’s part of what makes the magnesium more absorbable).
Citric acid is like citrus. So, you don’t want to add Natural Calm to milk or any ingredient that would curdle.
This next “please avoid” tip is for adults: We get asked if you can add Natural Calm to coffee and we wouldn’t recommend it. The taste is one issue, but there’s also the fact that coffee and Natural Calm are both laxatives. (Not what most people need to double-up on.) And personally, we’d rather take our relaxing Natural Calm without the stimulating effects of coffee.
If My Kid Won’t Take Natural Calm Orally, Will Transdermal Magnesium Work for Constipation?
We’ve also been asked whether it’s possible to use transdermal magnesium to treat constipation.
The answer is, we just don’t know for sure. Dr. Dean does report an instance of a woman experiencing a laxative effect from a high dose of Epsom salts (The Magnesium Miracle). That’s the only case we’ve heard of.
Transdermal magnesium is a good option for those who are naturally regular, and just need the muscle relaxant properties of magnesium, because it bypasses the digestive system.
If constipation or other digestive issues are what your child is dealing with, your best bet is some form of oral magnesium.
We hope the above suggestions help! Reach out or comment here if you have any questions on serving Natural Calm to your kids — or any questions at all.