Can anyone tell me if there are any creative ways to give a younger child Protandim? I have heard great things about it doing wonders but most are older children ages 7 and up. My son is only 4 and cannot swallow even half the pill yet. Any advice? I may just have to wait a while longer before I give it to him. Any ideas would be great.

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I give it to my 2 year old since he was around 18 months. Here are some suggestions:

http://forum.actionduchenne.org/posts/list/84.page
I tried to open it up and it is taking me to the main sign in page which I have done. I will have to look through it to find it. How do you give it to your son? I am assuming it is making a difference for him? Any advice and information would be great! Thanks!
You might need to have an account with ActionDuchenne to read the posts...
I give it in yogurt (I crush it first) but some people had better ideas (Nutela on toast), I did not try that. It works most days but not every day unfortunately...

I did not see any improvement in my son since starting it. He only takes CoQ10, Protandim and Vit D3 at this point. I did not see any difference but he might be too young to see the benefits (?).


JoAnne Hathcoat said:
I tried to open it up and it is taking me to the main sign in page which I have done. I will have to look through it to find it. How do you give it to your son? I am assuming it is making a difference for him? Any advice and information would be great! Thanks!
I gave my son protandim for a time. Didn't notice any difference.
When we first started giving it, we put it in his viactiv chew and he just chewed it. I also don't give a half pill at once. I quarter it to make it smaller. You can also put it in a spoonful of pudding, yogurt, ice cream, etc. That helped my other son learn to swallow pills.
We have not tried Protandim yet -- so I don't know how big it is -- but here's how we got my son to swallow his deflazacort pills (he was 5):

First I started with practice pills: miniature M&Ms (our store sells them in the baking aisle, near the chocolate chips). The mini M&M got put inside a bite of pudding. Yogurt, applesauce, jelly, etc., also work well. I didn't have any luck with gelatin/Jell-o, because it would tend to break apart instead of closing in over the pill.

Once he could regularly handle those, then he was ready for the pills, which were only a wee bit bigger.

Using the mini M&Ms to practice with was very vaulable! Not only did we not need to waste any meds, but the whole idea of M&Ms was less scary for my son. It allowed him to ease into the routine.

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