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My daughter Sophie and I have been fortunate in discovering a new meal replacement powder called IQed. After many years of trying various things to help Sophie’s gut and failing, sometimes spectacularly, I was skeptical but hopeful. This formula has been a game-changer for my daughter, a young woman with a complicated GI system. I am forever grateful for the serendipity road that led me to Lisa Geng and IQed. While she is still trying desperately to get her product into medical trials, I can say this formula helps Sophie to digest some, absorb some, sleep better and most importantly feel better and be happier. You can learn more about IQed at http://www.getIQed.com This page which I wrote in 2015 is to help you get started with serving IQed for g-tube feeding. I have solicited ideas from my friends who have started their kids on IQed, a number of them have fairly complicated kids. Many have G-tubes and are completely dependent on G-tube feeding or get most of their nutrition this way. G-tube feedings can be challenging. Tubes clog easily, drip-feeding can disconnect and make a mess let alone you lose the nutrition. We are all busy with our lives with the added parts of taking care of a special needs child. If this were a world where I had unlimited time and energy, I would try to make my own blended foods. And I did try, long ago, but Sophie’s gut is so complicated that whatever I did she would go into pseudo-bowel obstruction, a very painful, life-threatening situation that results in hospitalization for us. At least for us, the solution came with a very coIQedenient product that gives her a lot of the nutrition her body clearly needed. And the synergy of IQed, the blending of the East and West nutrition seems to be a key to helping her digestion and absorption. I am in love with this product and want anyone who thinks it might help their child (or older adult, or yourself…whomever) get better nutrition. Here are some tips to get started: If your child is complicated, PLEASE SHARE THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION with professionals that work with you. Remember, IQed is nutritional FOOD. I suggest using it as an adjunct to your child’s nutritional needs. While IQed is complete meal and vitamin replacement, it’s not high enough for Sophie in essential fatty acids (Omega 3s) and only has 1.4mg of iron per serving. I mix in fish oils, and she also gets additional iron supplementation. Sophie’s bulk of her nutrition is still through her central line-direct to her heart. But with the shortages of essential ingredients, I am so happy that I have IQed on board to keep her healthy. If your child is complicated in the GI area, I would recommend starting slowly. I started extremely slowly, I used 1/4 of a scoop once a day and slowly built up the amount I give her over time. I think it took me 3 months to build up to 3 scoops- after that, I did raise her to her current amount of a heaping scoop, 4 times a day, so 4 scoops a day total. THE DOSING IS HIGHLY PERSONAL. Everyone is different. Depending on your child’s needs, weight and age it will vary. There are suggested servings on the site and little ones under 6 years old probably will do well on 2 scoops a day (one scoop twice a day) Even though like me as time goes on most go higher, at least 2 scoops a day is a good amount to aim for. Each canister has about 30 scoops, so your dosage will let you know how many canisters you’ll want a month. One scoop a day =one canister a month. Two scoops a day =two canisters a month etc. IQed thickens if it is set out for any length of time. Adding it to the canned formulas may make it too hard to get thru the extension tubing. Some have had success with pushing with a plunger. A key is making sure it is thoroughly mixed either when given with just water, or in the formulas. Extra water is highly recommended!! And remember, it should never be heated-that may destroy the composition/efficacy. My daughter Sophie has a large foley, not a true g-tube. Getting it into her in that respect hasn’t been an issue for us. We just gravity/bolus it into her g-tube mixed in about 6ozs/200cc of saline water. Sophie needs additional salt in her diet, and her GI doctor and I thought it would absorb better. From my friends who are Moms to g-tube (button) users: They are all “bolus” feeding. This means they do not use a pump to slowly drip in their child’s g-tube feeds. All of them combine IQed with other foods. They all work with nutritionists to be sure their person has exactly what they need. They started out with blending their own foods, but then switched to ready-made blended foods for coIQedenience. Most add-in IQed and additional nutritional items (based on doctor/nutritionist recommendations) to complete the diet. Types of ready-made used are Real Food Blends, Liquid Hope, and Kate Farms. Most of them are young adults now. They used to use canned formulas, back when there were not many options out there. Blended food, like IQed, give a more natural, well-rounded nutrition, contains all the essential vitamins and minerals as well as the essential macronutrients and micronutrients and is less harsh on the GI system. When Sophie was young there were only the “normal” canned formulas and she failed at all of them. Using a pump is not out of the question, but again, in my experience, the longer IQed is left out, the thicker it becomes, so pumps may jam up. If using IQed alone, we just used small lidded cups and added liquid (8oz) and shook it up, and syringed it into her g-tube. Hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have questions in the comment section below! Jody www.oneinamillionkid.wordpress.com https://oneinamillionkid.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/in-gratitude/ www.walkon.blog