You gotta love when you check out old resources only to see that they have more to give then before! Today’s researched was inspired by my medicine cabinet rummaging. Now WHY would I be doing something like THAT, in the beginning of September, when the weather can’t seem to decide what to do and I have 2 small children…. 2 guesses, but I don’t think you’d need them. Yup, we’ve been hit with a cold. Now, mind you, my eldest, and Celiac child, is a REAL trooper during the night. She’ll sleep through almost anything, cough up a lung while still sleeping. Ain’t that great? Right… But during the day! Oh dear, she is one very grizzly little bear. Her ears hurt because they are clogged, her nose is running like a faucet and even at practically 5 years old, she still hasn’t quite the hang of blowing her nose. Which invariably means her ears get more clogged and she sniffles and swallows (ICK!) more cold than is healthy. Then we have her 2 and a half year old little sister who’s a complete trooper during the day, has a runny nose but will just shout that it’s running while getting a kleenex. This girl could rival the big bad wolf! But at night, oh geez, she cannot stand to have a stuffed up nose and will cry every 10 minutes. She finally got the idea at, oh, 3am?? that she had a glass over water if she needed help swallowing (more Ick at drainage) and lots of baby facecloths as stand-in Kleenex’s for the night. Yeah, NEVER leave a toddler with REAL kleenex. You wouldn’t believe how small they can tear those suckers!
Back to subject. So, I was researching the two biggest brand names in fever & pain reducers and although I remembered reading on Advil’s website that all their products were GF, I wanted to double check it again. They still do say so and I was relieved. After some thought, I decided to check Tylenol’s again (last year they didn’t mention gluten at all on their website) because our health care services here in Quebec always say to use acetaminophen before ibuprophen as the latter is a little harder on the stomach. Imagine my surprise when I find that they are now saying that none of their products contain gluten! WOOT! And I even found a statement by the actual manufacturer of Tylenol, McNeil, that they use Corn, Rice & Potato. Granted this statement is from February 2008 and is on someone’s personal website, so like always, take everything with a grain of skeptisism. Always check with your pharmacist and the actual source, the brand company itself.
And yep, I’m still totally off topic! Quite easy to do when you have a 4 year old hanging off of you because her ear hurts so much she cries everytime she burps, swallows and yawns. Basically, from Tylenol’s General FAQ, I followed a link back to the CCA (which originally turned up their old splash page with a choice of english or french). The old blue site used to be very basic and although it had a lot of information, it wasn’t quite interactive. This new site offers lots of new tools (although they aren’t yet active) that promise to be another great tool for Celiacs and their caregivers.
And that basically it, the CCA’s new website was a great resource in the beginning of our journey, but we quickly outgrew the stale information that was there. And now, with it’s makeover comes a promise of more interesting information and interactivity that will hopefully grow with the Gluten awareness that has changed so much in just the last 4 years.
Have a looksie and tell me what you think! www.celiac.ca