Casting schedule

10 Jan

We went today for BB’s third cast, which he took with a shrug and a smile. Seriously, there are times when we have the most sooth-able baby in the world (of course, last night was not one of those times). The cast is actually looking kind of large nowadays, which is weird. We learned that there are likely two more casts left, so next Monday and the following Monday. The last cast (on the 24th) could include a tenotomy, where they lengthen the Achilles tendon with a small incision. Then the cast is set for three weeks. From there on in, unless there are complications, it’s braced shoes from there on in. By late-February, we should be out of casts altogether.

Unrelately, this kid has a nasty diaper rash, and I’m beginning to suspect we are making it worse by putting more and more goop (A&D, Aquaphor, Boudreax’s Butt Paste) on it. The alternative is to move to just water, and maybe let him air out of his diaper for a while, that’s what our hippy-dippy birth class teacher told us. But what the fuck, are we supposed to put the kid on a plastic tarp so he doesn’t openly spew poop and pee at everything? Any suggestions, obvious or non-obvious, for dealing with angry diaper rash?

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5 Responses to “Casting schedule”

  1. livingoutsidethescreen January 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Air him out and then when he’s dry, put the cream on. Just lay him on a pee-wee and let him pee away.

  2. Ivy January 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I second the wise opinion above. The rash area needs to dry out, and the creams are a barrier to moisture…so if he’s not dry before you put the cream on, you’re keeping the moisture on the wrong side of the butt, too. For diaper changes, we used to wipe, pat dry with a tissue, air out on changing table (assuming he’s not too squirmy yet), and test dryness with hands before putting on any types of cream/ointment.

  3. Davin January 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    (arguments about “whether or not said skin is sufficiently dry enough for paste application yet” are, of course, optional if you and Baby Mama are so inclined)

    😉

  4. Ivy January 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Underminer.

  5. Peter January 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Interestingly, our pediatrician suggests putting Maalox on the kid’s butt. I have no idea what a pee-wee is.

    I like the ‘test dryness with hands,’ but it seems to me that this approach has the flavor of a ‘stick your hands over the geyser’ quality. ‘Geyser’ in this case implying the possibility that you can get projectile shat upon, or peed at.

    And yes, yes, I realize it’s been a while since I posted an argument with babymama thread. It’s because we no longer argue I am trying to be nicer to my darling wife in her time of boob pain.

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