Yes, you just read that right–I’m posting a G-tube skin pad tutorial. Most of you–maybe ALL of you will be wondering what in the WHAT that is, but I’m not writing to you today. I’m writing to that one person who is searching for answers, maybe a little confused, overwhelmed, trying to figure out how to have and care for a G-tube fed baby. Basically, I’m writing to the mother I was one year ago.
Many of you know (and many of you don’t), that almost a year and half ago I had a sweet baby girl who had and has many health issues. We originally thought it was just a cleft palate (it wasn’t a just back then), but it soon became apparent that there was much more at play, although despite these many months, she is still undiagnosed. Today I am honored to guest post over at This Little Miggy Stayed Home, and talk about our sweet Girly, and what’s it’s been like being the Mama of a special needs baby.
As far as this tutorial goes, there aren’t a whole lot of DIY’s when it comes to medical supplies. When Tiny first got her G-tube almost a year ago, we had months and months of stress and worry due to her sore and tender site (the gaping hole in her tummy). It never would heal the way they thought it should, and it was a constant source of pain for her, and anxiety for us. One of the things that really made a huge difference was when our wonderful speech pathologist Courtney suggested we find or make a skin pad to protect and act as a barrier between the port and her skin. There are of course disposable pads that you can get, but we didn’t like them because you had to tape them down, and Tiny’s belly would get so raw and irritated with so much adhesive application and removal. Courtney had suggested these commercial pads called button buddies which I, like her, highly recommend if you’re not the DIY kind of person. I really don’t want to take away any business from them, but I know some of you are gonna do your own thing regardless, so I’d like to share what has worked really well for us.
These pads keep the port from moving around too much, as well as rubbing directly against her skin. If you have a g-tube fed baby and don’t know about these, then I’m so thrilled to proclaim the gospel of skin pad barriers!
I used soft flannel, folded it in half RST, and traced around a 2″ washer (make the center circle smaller). If you don’t have a washer, the dimensions are 2″circle with a slit to the center and a 1/2″ diameter circle cut from the middle to create a donut.
Starting from the top left side of the slit, I carefully zigzagged around the two pieces WST so that all edges were sewn together, and then cut a small triangle of velcro and sewed it on with a small straight stitch to either side of the slit so that the two sides attach together.
Simple as can be, but worth their weight in gold!