I have recently had after many years of gradually worsening health had a private blood test which indicates that my B12 is low at 148 (reference deficient below 140). My doctor has done a repeat test and to look for intrinsic factor but I don't have the results yet. The reference range here used for treatment is below 120. The more I read about it the more I am worried and I have bought some methylcobalamin drops in purified water (about 800 mg dose) which I am now trialling gently as I have numerous food allergy / intolerance problems. I was vegetarian for nearly 20 years with occasional lapses and have breast fed all 6 of the boys sometimes for more than 4 years.
I have 100 ml in the bottle and am greatly concerned that my children, who have been vegetarian all their lives and are all showing signs of deficiency including Asperger's syndrome, unexplained failure to thrive etc. may need B12 too. I don't want to delay treating them as I understand damage can be caused. One is waiting blood testing for recurrent infections and gland problems, another lost a lot of weight recently. I have had a positive blood test for coeliac and a negative biopsy and am now gluten free (among other things). The children are not.
Is it safe to give one drop daily to my children under their tongues. What would be the disadvantages / dangers of doing this?
Also could I give it to my husband who had a major stroke 6 years ago and is currently on warfarin and statins? He has been vegetarian for more than 30 years.
I really want to do my best for the children and I feel I may not be if I let them become deficient in B12 / suffer the same health problems my husband and myself have.