Week 7 of hip dysplasia life was marked by Diarrhea and Spica Casts. If your child is in a spica cast, do everything in your power to avoid diarrhea!
We’ve now survived SEVEN weeks in the Spica cast! WAHOOOO! 41 days until Cast CUT OFF FOR GOOD!
We had a major challenge in Week 7 – namely, Sara caught a stomach bug. She vomited most of one night and then had diarrhea the next day. Luckily, the bug was short lived, but let me just tell you how much fun it is to change diarrhea in a spica cast. If at all possible, I highly recommend keeping children in spica casts healthy! 🙂 I know some things are beyond our control. I have no idea where she may have picked up this bug, but it was bad. Ugh. Do everything you can to keep your spica babies healthy!! I have stepped up the Thieves oil again…
Week 7 :: Diarrhea and Spica Casts = No FUN!
In addition to the diarrhea, we’ve got one other problem. She’s got a sore on her leg (the left leg that the cast was cut down on last week). It’s red and irritated. There’s a small lesion (but the sore itself is not infected looking to me) and every once in a while, it feels hot to me. This is it:
I have been covering it with Neosporin and a bandage at night and it’s better in the morning, but the bandage doesn’t stay on during the day and it gets redder as the day wears on. I’m not sure what to do.
We’ve felt all inside the cast to see what might be causing the irritation. I’ve added and taken out mole skin (and you can see the dirt sticking to the adhesives now because of it). I’m watching her leg very closely and look forward to getting my sister’s medical opinion on Friday. In the meantime, if any of you spica savvy parents have ideas for me, please share! The cast feels really tight right there by the sore, and I’m just at a loss.
Aside from the bout with diarrhea and the sore on her leg, most of Week 7 was just fine. Sara has learned to do the splits:
She’s crawling better:
And she’s playing her peek-a-goo games!
And she traveled like a trooper the 6 hours down to my parents’ house in Central Missouri.
We’re looking forward to a fun Christmas with my family and, dare I say it? I’m hoping for a little snow.
Got any suggestions for what to do about that sore on her leg??? I’d really love to hear your opinions. Please and Thank-YOU!
You can read the rest of our hip story here.