18 Year Old Severe Digestion Issues
Dear Ted, May I use baking soda in gelatin capsules that I can prepare? I am having a hard time getting my son to drink the baking soda in water. He gags and says he will vomit. Should he take these before meals or after? In the morning or bedtime. Two capsules or one. Sorry for all the questions. I respect your advice more than any doctor we have ever talked too.
Finally, How much N acetyl would he take and for how long? He's 128 pounds,tall and thin.
If a child gags from drinking a baking soda solution it might be from the water, or usually from the bad taste of baking soda. Hence, there are two' ways out of this. Some drug store sells "sodamint" 300 mg, without a prescription. WHich is nothing more than baking soda with trace amounts of peppermint oil. A couple of those are often taken such as 3-4 tablets. This is the most convenient way and I myself take those if I should have problems in other forms. If sodamint are not obtainable, perhaps 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid in 1/4 glass of water. Another possibilities is 1 tablespoon of lemon juice plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 glass of water. Children seems to like the fizz and it helps.
A baking soda can be added into the capsule and this works generally well too but plenty of water is taken is preferred. It is best to take it 30 minutes or more before meals. Apparently the intestines needs a strong alkalinity needed to neutralize whathever digested acid food from the stomach to protect the intestines from it being digested itself. It is taken twice a day, once in the morning and once before sleep. Although before sleep, it is obvious it is taken over one hour or much more after meals. Capsule size varies. So assuming a child is half the weight as above I am assuming than whatever it takes to get baking soda to fit where the dose is seen at only 1/8 teaspoon. If it required to capsules to fit that amount than 2, but if one capsule can easily fit in 1/8 teaspoon, than 1 would be
re N acetyl: 250-500 mg per day. It takes about 1-2 weeks on the average