Medicines galore!

M's daily batch of medicines

M’s daily batch of medicines

Today’s post was going to be a relatively short one.  One to just give you a glimpse of the amount of medicine M takes every day.  One to raise your awareness of the medical impact of this condition; but the thing is, taking 9 medicines on a daily basis is never going to be a short story, even though compared to some EGID children, this isn’t necessarily a lot.  M does a great job of taking his daily doses and has moved on from last summer’s need for Grandma’s jam to being grown-up enough to take his capsules the “adult” way, sometimes even swallowing both of his lunch tablets at the same time – something I don’t think I could do.  I’m also going to attempt to explain what each medicine does and why he takes it, but keep in mind that I’m no medic and so my knowledge is that of an EGID Mum, nothing more.

Medicine Dose When taken Why?
Calcichew D3 1 tablet
  • Breakfast

 

A calcium supplement to ensure calcium intake is sufficient to protect bones due to malabsorption issues
Movicol 1 sachet mixed with 65mls milk
  • Breakfast
An osmotic laxative, which means that they relieve constipation by drawing water into the bowel to soften stools. Used to ensure M doesn’t get impacted again and we can adjust the dose as we need
Cetirizine 5mls
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This is an anti-histamine and is used to reduce or relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction.   Typically used to help skin reactions and hayfever.
Ketotifen (Zaditen) 5mls
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This is an anti-histamine and is used to reduce or relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Typically used to help symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Nalcrom (Sodium cromoglicate) 1 capsule
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Before bed
An anti-allergy medicine specifically used to prevent the symptoms of food allergy. It works to prevent the allergic reaction happening when food is eaten
Lansoprazole 1 capsule
  • Lunch
A Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to reduce the amount of acid produced by the lining of the stomach when digesting food and thereby reducing acid reflux
Senokot 5mls
  • Dinner
A stimulant laxative used to encourage the muscles of the bowel to move the stools through the body and prevent constipation. Again, we are able to adjust the dose as M needs
Neocate Active 1 sachet mixed with 300mls water
  • Evening
An elemental feed that contains amino acids, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals. Used to provide dietary supplementation for children with multiple food allergies. In M’s case, we believe that this is what helps him maintain his weight
VSL #3 Probiotic 1 sachet mixed into his Neocate
  • Evening
A probiotic supplement frequently used in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It works by forming a protective barrier on the walls of the GI tract

sweetsAs well as keeping on top of all that and making sure M has the right medicines in the right doses at the right times, we also have to make sure he’s eating well and nothing creeps into his diet that shouldn’t.  Tonight was “Film night” at school and I was the parent standing at the tuck shop, scanning the ingredients of each and every item being sold to check what was and wasn’t M-friendly!  In comparison, our meals today were a lot easier:

M

Me

Mike

Breakfast
  • Milk (200mls)
  •  Sliced pear
Bowl of:

  • Free-from cornflakes
  • Rice milk
Lunch
  • Sakata rice crackers (2)
  • Fruit stars

 

  • Sakata rice crackers (6)
  • Peanut butter
  • Celery
  • Orange

 

  •  Sakata rice crackers (10)
  • Peanut butter
  • Orange
  • Apple
Dinner
  • Chicken and bacon pasta (Glutafin corn pasta twirls, bacon, cucumber, carrot, corn, coconut cream and egg-free mayonnaise)

 

  • Chicken and bacon pasta (Glutafin corn pasta twirls, bacon, cucumber, carrot, corn, courgette, mushrooms, tomato, coconut cream and egg-free mayonnaise)
  • Chicken and bacon pasta (Glutafin corn pasta twirls, bacon, cucumber, carrot, courgette, mushroom, tomato, corn, coconut cream and egg-free mayonnaise)


Snacks
  • Sliced pear (1/4)
  • Nakd cocoa orange date bar
  • Dried apricots (3)
  • Sakata rice crackers (2)
  • Peanut butter
  • Sweets
 
  •  Carrot cake cupcake

 

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