Cystic Fibrosis My Way: Learning How to Swallow Pills with Braeden

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

>>My name is Braeden Cummings and this is
Cystic Fibrosis my way. ♪♪ I’m 5 years old and I’m treated for CF
at CHOP. When I grow up, I wanna be a race car driver. Yea, I’m a winner! I may even be good enough to race in the Indy
500 but I also need to stay healthy. I don’t like taking pills but I learned to
do it so it can be fun.>>This is how we taught Braeden to swallow
pills: First we gave him a sip of water so we can
practice swallowing. Then we give him tiny candy sprinkles. They’re small and they melt in his mouth. Then we move on to practicing with mini M&Ms
and Nerds. Once he could do that, he graduated to empty
pill capsules. We taught him to swallow by tilting his head
back. You can tilt your head forward or to the side
— whichever way works best for you. Doing all these steps first made it easy for
him to learn to swallow pills.>>I just wanna be able to play with my dinosaurs
and go to school with my friends. The quicker I can swallow my pills, the quicker
I can go have fun. I hope these dinosaurs don’t think I’m a little
pill and try to eat me. Oh no! Hey! Get out of here! ♪♪

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