Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mucinex mini-melts for Kids! not compatible with feeding tube

Talli has a pretty nasty cough. Her pallative care nurse suggested Robitussin DM, however, the pharmacy only had adult Robitussin DM, so the pharmacist suggested using Mucinex mini melts. She indicated that it is like Prevacid Solutabs, so would fit into her feeding tube.

We did try it last night. Unfortunately, Mucinex completely clogged up her tube AND her button. Changing a button is anxiety provoking to Talli, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. After cleaning out the extension set while not attached to her, I realized that her button was indeed clogged. I found a bamboo skewer and gently used the tip to unclog the button. The one way valve on the button was already shot, so I didn't have to worry about breaking it.

So Mucinex mini-melt for Kids! doesn't work with a feeding tube, so stick to the liquid version. Prevacid Solutabs and Tylenol meltaways DO work in a feeding tube.