Do you have a child that uses a feeding tube? Do you have to give your child medications, sometimes on the go? If you answered yes, then this tip is for you. Imagine you are away from home and need to give your child his or her medication. Usually you have a medicine cup, water, and the comforts of home to pour in some water and let the pill dissolve in the cup. You forgot to pack cups with you and you don’t want to drop the pill into the bottle of water because you need the water for other things too. Did you know that you can pull the plunger our of the syringe, drop the pill into the syringe, place the plunger back in place and then pull up water to let the pill dissolve in the syringe itself? Not only will this save you from having to carry extra supplies from home, but it also helps to make sure that the entire pill is given. I can’t begin to count the number of times I pulled back the prevacid after it dissolved to have little grains still hanging out in the bottom of the cup. Once I learned this trick I used it for all kinds of pills. As long as they could dissolve, this was a huge time saver.
Many of our tubies wear cute little tube covers. They are cute way to accessorize, and they are reusable unlike the box of 30 disposable gauze pads that never last the entire month. If your child’s tube leaks at all, you may notice that these pads get STINKY! Even after just a few hours they can be nasty. When you take off the pads to put them into the wash you don’t want to just toss them into the laundry basket. One, they are small and can get lost, but also you don’t want to add the stinky pads to the regular laundry. Lingerie bags can be found at any general store (Target, Walmart, CVS, etc.) in the laundry section. Put your bag in an accessible location at home and when you take off the pad put it directly in the bag. The entire bag will then go into the wash. You will never lose another cute tubie pad.