Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Useful Tips for a Toddler in a Spica Cast: 1 Week, 2 days, 5 hours and 26 Minutes

Would you say we are anxiously awaiting the day Preston gets his Spica cast off? Yes. We are on the countdown. If any of you ever have a young child that has to have this type of cast, let me give you just a couple of tips that I have found useful:

1. If you can, put him in a onesie. By doing so, it absorbs sweat (and other bodily functions) marvelously. It cuts down on the odor of the cast. It also holds the diaper in place.
2. The hospital tells you to use a small size diaper (size 1-2) and then put on a depend diaper over the cast. I disagree. We used the big diaper (size 5-6) without the ugly, hot, uncomfortable depend, and it works really well.
3. Buy some pee pads. They can be found in the pet section. We put them under him while he sleeps, or if he is going to be sitting on the couch/lovesac for a long time. It totally absorbs the sweat/smell due to the cast.
4. If you have a lovesac (giant beanbag thing), use it. We have one upstairs and downstairs. He is very comfortable sitting in it because it supports his weight evenly.
5. Ask the doctor to put a GORE-TEX waterproof cast on! We did not know about this type of cast prior to his accident. It would have been worth the additional investment!

1 comment:

Miss Heather said...

I am so glad he's getting his cast off soon! I still think it was so sad seeing him trying to crawl in it at the party. I'm happy he'll be "free" soon!