my adult son has truamatic brain injury and difficulty swallowing. He has a feeding tube and thatg is how I have tgo give hime the Depakote sprinkles. I did no start yet -- any suggestions?
What gauge and type is his feeding tube? I have suspended them in water and given them in gtubes, if they are larger ones. You'd think the doc could use something that comes in liquid.
If your son has a feeding tube that you can flush with a syringe, simply mix the sprinkles in water and slowly push through the feeding tube. If that is not possible, call the prescribing physician for a liquid that can be given in a syringe by gravity, that is by holding tubing with syringe full of Depakote above the level of the insertion site, it should just slowly drain in.
Hope that makes sense, and I agree with Kaismama.
Best of luck,
I agree. If you can flush the tube, just mix the sprinkles in water and flush through with enough water so that all the sprinkles go down. You can swirl the syringe to get any sprinkles stuck to the sides of the syringe to go down with the water. It should be fairly easy.
Put the sprinkles in a cup mixed with tablespoon of apple sauce and coke/pepsi. This will make the depakote sprinkles dispersed and not clog the feeding tube. If unable to drain via gravity, use the plunger and add more soda as needed.
They is a liquid form called Depakene.
Also you can mix the capsules with applesauce and a little water or orange juice.
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