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I have been giving one of my twin boys Losec and i have noticed after a while the tablet turns brown when its in the formula.
Does anyone know why?
Keep in mind that i throw it out once it gets to that stage
Losec has lots of miniature pellets in it ... and after a while they open up. We used to give it to DS crushed with a little milk from a spoon ... and I distinctly recall the purpley colour of the leftovers.
Also keep the purply colour in mind if you notice a vomit that looks blood stained - I often notice, on closer examination, that the pellets are in the vomit - takes awake the shock when you think they are vomitting blood!!
the pellets are supposed to develop after a while in the stomach, thats how Losec works (google it)
I have my second DD on Losec after having the first on for 1 year approx. The pellets do turn purple after a while - but I found that the best way to administer them was to use a relatively large syringe. I dissolve 1/2 tbalet or whatever the dosage in a small amount of boiled water and then either give it to them right before a bottle (worked with my first), or give it to them in the side of their mouth when they start sucking the bottle (using now for my second who is 9 weeks). To do this simply put the tablet into the syringe and then suck up the boiled water.
You'll need to experiment to find the syringe that's easiest for you to use -and also need to keep shaking the syringe to ensure that the pellets go to the tip so that you are pushing them out and not leaving them behind in the syringe and just giving water. Well that's my experience anway for what it's worth.
I would imagine it would be hard to ensure that your baby is getting the full dose if you are adding it to his bottle? Does it seem to be working? You can also now get Losec from some chemists pre-prepared as a suspension in a sweet syrup to try and make it more appetising.
Anyway - good luck!
We have tried numerous ways to give Losec from having a special formula made up (went purple too if exposed to the light) to giving the pellets out of the capsule to the method we now use: put the required amount of tablet into a syringe (pull the syringe apart to do this) and draw up enough water to disolve the tablet - usually about 1ml - once it is disolved we draw up a little pureed apple into the mixture to make up 2mls and shake really well. This adds thickness to the mixture eliminating the problem of granules settling on the bottom of the syringe because they become suspended in the apple. Apple is alkaline and Losec works best when given into an alkaline environment (hence the coating on the tablet in the first place). Another advantage of the apple is improved taste - bubs used to gag on his until we worked out to do it this way!
Hopes this helps somebody - I wish someone had suggested this method to us when we first started!
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