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08-07-2011, 10:59 AM
I can't remember if I made this up or if I read it somewhere. Am I going to have to avoid clothes that go over Lucy's head after surgery? If so, how long does that last? I'm trying to make sure we've got everything we need. She pretty much lives in onsies so if thats true, I need to get more one piece sleepers!
08-07-2011, 11:13 AM
their little noggins are usually pretty swollen for a wk or so post-op and you'll probably want to avoid pulling clothing on over the head. Before my son's surgery I went out and found several buttone up onsies and rompers for him to wear after surgery. Also, if the neck of the onsies you use are super stretchy they may be okay... you just want to make sure it's plenty big enough to pull over a swollen noggin without contacting it.
08-07-2011, 11:17 AM
I forgot to add that you probably want to avoid sleepers the first few post-op days. The hospital room should be plenty warm...my son wore only a diaper and was fine. It's eaiser not dealing with clothing when they have so many lines and such. Plus, their bodies swell a bit too from all the extra fluids and a long sleeper may be too snug even after the lines are removed. Once you get home, it'll just depend on how your little is recovering and what the swelling is like.
08-07-2011, 12:16 PM
You can pull shirts over their heads, we did it just 2 days post op for my son's last op because he refuses to wear shirts with buttons, zippers or snaps. However, for over a week I was so freaked out every time I changed his shirt so if you can get your little one to wear a button down/zip up shirt that would be best.
08-07-2011, 03:13 PM
My boy will be 2 weeks post op tomorrow and I am still struggling to pull tshirts over his head. I have had to buy a few the next size up. For first few days in hospital he was just in a nappy and when on the ward in short leg and sleeved romper. Since we have been home its all polo tees and shirts.
08-07-2011, 04:39 PM
While in the hospital, it is easier to use the gowns. It allows the staff easy access to all the iv lines. When at home, I found it easiest to use zip up sleepers. I kept my son at home for the first few weeks after surgery, so I didn't even worry about clothes. He wore sleepers all day.
08-07-2011, 05:11 PM
My daughter had surgery 11 days ago and the first few days I would just keep her in sleepers but now have been putting her in any of her shirts that have 3 or 4 buttons on the back, I can get them over her head without touching her head at all. At the hospital she was just kept in a diaper, so they wouldn't have to disturb her too much to get to the various tubes, ect.
Thoughts and prayers to you and Lucy on surgery day.
08-07-2011, 08:38 PM
I found that I could pull on Monkey's onesies much like you would pull on a skirt; put his feet in and hike it up until I could thread his arms in to the sleeves. The openings of most onesies are wide enough to allow for that. So don't give up on onesies yet!
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