Since my post on Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, there have been questions on how to actually make a charcoal slurry. Since it is true that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’, I’m sharing this short, helpful video.
How To Make A Charcoal Slurry
I hope this helps dispel the fear of activated charcoal being messy! Just go slowly and stir it INTO a half glass of water. Finish by chasing the slurry with another glass of water.
Activated charcoal is completely tasteless, but for a child you could mix in a teaspoon of honey or even sugar if it will help to get it down when you are working against the clock in a poisoning.
Putting it in an opaque cup, covering it with plastic wrap, and using a straw would be one other way to make it easier for a child.
Remember, too, if your patient is not unconscious and can swallow capsules, that makes it pretty easy.
Fourteen (14) capsules (or 1 tablespoon) of charcoal powder is needed when a serious poisonings is suspected.
How to administer activated charcoal as a slurry has been widely taught on the field in foreign countries where poisoning is common place.
Many pet owners are also using activated charcoal. It can be a real life-saver when caught in time.
It is my hope that all of you Mamas will stock activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and a bottle of capsules in your car. Whether to stop an early case of food poisoning, halt a early stomach bug in its tracks, or as an antidote to an accidental poisoning, our home will never be without it.
There are many uses for:
- Occasional Acid Reflux
- Stomach Upset
Make A Charcoal Slurry
It’s very simple.
- 1 teaspoon (if mild stomach upset, indigestion or acid reflux and NOT a poisoning)
- or 1 Tablespoon (if suspected poisoning)
….of activated charcoal powder INTO a glass of water.
Stir it gently until the charcoal is mixed in. Then just drink it down.