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Old 02-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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16 month old in body cast

My DS will be having surgery on his femur in the next few weeks. We've been told to expect a half body cast for 6 weeks after surgery. It will be a full leg cast on one leg and will come up around his torso. There will be a bend at the hip and one at the knee. He had an arm cast a few months ago, but that was much smaller and relatively easy to care for.

I really don't know what to expect with this. He's very mobile right now (crawling and cruising) and his surgeon said he might figure out how to crawl or scoot with the cast. I have a few sets of Baby legs to cover his cast and free leg. I'm guessing we will need bigger shorts and onesies to go over the cast, but I don't know how much bigger. Will we still be able to use cloth diapers?

We have a variety of wraps and SSC's for baby wearing, but I have no idea what, if anything, will work with the cast.

I've already asked his surgeon about how we will get him into a car seat and she said that the hospital occupational therapists will take care of that before he's discharged, but she didn't give us much info about exactly what to expect. He's still RFing.

I WOH full-time and we have a nanny who DS loves, but she's very young and we've already had a few issues with her not calling me when she should have when my DD1 got injured while I was at work. I really can't afford to take much time off work, but I'm not sure whether I want to leave DS with the nanny while he's in the cast. I'm just really unsure of what his needs will be.

Any advice from someone who has experience with a LO in a body cast is appreciated!
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I'm sorry mama. I have no advice, but I couldn't read this and not post. That sounds like a tough go.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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I think I would get some sort of swing for the house
Maybe this or a net style one?
http://funandfunction.com/toddler-swing-p-1807.html

Do you have hard Wood or an área that is laminated color? Would he be able to get around on something like this on his tummy using his hands? http://funandfunction.com/round-pull...ard-p-433.html

Otherwise I would stock up on bubbles, playdough,books,maybe tablet apps, super easy puzzles,stickers, finger paints, etc...
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I just found this that looked helpful
http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/40037
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Re: 16 month old in body cast

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I just found this that looked helpful
http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/40037
Thank you! That was very informative.
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Re: 16 month old in body cast

Oh no! My dd1 had to have a full leg cast ( not around the hip though) when she was 13 months, crazy kid still walked on it and was basically unaffected somehow. Kids are resilient! Worst part was sleeping, shed forget she had it on and would try to move in her sleep.
I don't remember the car seat situation, I don't believe we FF her for the cast at that point though.
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So much will be determined by what position they cast him in. The therapists can help problem solve once he is casted. Kids are resilient. Once the meds wear off and the pain settles, he'll figure out how to get around. Diapers will depend on the contours of the cast. You might have to get a little creative. As for the nanny, can you spend a day with her before you go back to work to make sure she's comfortable with his care? I hope everything goes smoothly!
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As for the nanny, can you spend a day with her before you go back to work to make sure she's comfortable with his care? I hope everything goes smoothly!
We will be doing this at a minimum, but I still have doubts about leaving him with her... she just lacks the maturity I feel is needed for this. I'm not sure we have any other choice, though.
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Such a miserable problem....I have no advice, but I can completely understand your utter confusion and insecurities.
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Re: 16 month old in body cast

My DD is 15 months old and I can't even imagine her being in a cast! I have no advice but am sending good vibes your way!
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