My little pill swallows a pill!

My little allergy guy has been away from baseline long enough that he's starting to reach milestones centered around being broken out and flared up. His current big one is learning to swallow capsules at
3 3/4 years. Hearing his allergist say today, "That is not possible, he is too young to know how!", almost made me as proud as if it were just a "normal" milestone.

In addition to the antihistamine Cyproheptadine (corn-free Periactin) that he's been on since June for this current outbreak, we've also started him on Niacin as his levels are low on this restricted diet. The Cyproheptadine we always got in liquid as it was easiest to get into him, although so bitter it makes him gag. The Niacin I decided to ask for as a powder inside capsules, so I could dump it into a teaspoonful of applesauce or elderberry syrup. Then I decided to make it even easier and just teach him to swallow the capsule.

I showed him by swallowing one 1st myself, being careful to show him just where the pill has to lay (at the very back of the tongue) in order to be swallowed. I told him to be careful not to choke on the water as he uses it to "swim the pill down to his belly". I used my finger to make sure the pill is as far back on his tongue as it can go and had his cup of water at the ready. He got it the first time!

It makes our lives a lot easier, especially as he is beginning to show signs of infection at his hands and feet from this current renewed outbreak since stopping the Prednisolone and we are starting a new, stronger antihistamine, Hydroxyzine (corn-free Atarax) and may need to put him on corn free oral antibiotics if the topical ones we're starting today don't clear up the beginnings of the skin infection he's now developing.

One thing to r/m when going from safe, corn-free liquid or pure powder compounded medications is what the capsule is made of. I triple checked to be sure ours are made from gelatin and not plant-based materials. Plant based materials need to be thoroughly researched to be sure they are not corn-derived.


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