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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

G tube Care

To all the tubie mommas and tubie daddies out there, I was able to stumble across a wonderful combination of ingredients.  I recently spoke to a fellow tubie momma who used to use a cream called Greer's Goo on her daughter's G tube stoma.  After some research, I was able to find out that the cream has zinc oxide (diaper rash cream), hydrocortisone 1% (anti-inflammatory cream), and nystatin (antifungal).  The only prescription portion of this recipe is the nystatin.

Since Ian has a Nystop nystatin powder prescription, I combined about 1/4 of a container with his prescription triamcinolone cream (also an anti-inflamatory cream) along with about 2 ounces of Calmoseptine, an OTC cream notorious for G tube irritation.  Calmoseptine is 20% zinc oxide and very similar in nature to diaper rash cream.  It also has some cooling menthol in the mix.




I mix all three of these together.  Ian typically gets the Nystop powder, Traimcinolone cream daily and occasionally gets the Calmoseptine when red and irritated.  Now, I am able to save some steps and do everything at once.  I combined the ingredients and noticed an improvement right away.  We apply this recipe twice daily to his G tube site.

Leaving other "names" out, I also stumbled across a fellow blogger who uses a similar combination.  OTC hydrocortisone 1%, OTC zinc oxide diaper rash cream, and OTC clotrimazole cream (another antifungal).  This recipe was created at home by a practicing pharmacist.

I apply the new recipe twice daily and hope to continue to see improvement.  Ian's G tube gets tugged and pulled at times during his continuous feeding hours.  He also wears a G tube protective belt to shield any extra tugging and a G tube protective pad.



Combining all of these together, Ian's G tube stoma has really never looked better.  For some, it will be easier to get the Greer's Goo cream as a prescription; however, this cream must be compounded and needs to have a special pharmacy nearby.

*** As always, it should go without saying that none of this should be considered diagnostic, or therapeutic advice.  It is simply what has worked for my tubie and a few others and I wanted to share.  This information should never replace the care of a licensed medical professional. ***

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