I found a pretty decent solution to the spontaneous, and oh-so-annoying, opening of Henry's medicine port on his g-tube, leaking his feed (and sometimes recently administered meds!) all over the place.
First, I surfed the net, of course. I googled "med-port cover" and the likes with no results. Then i went on etsy.com because there are some pretty cool mamas out there with a ton of solutions to help our special needs kiddos. But I still didn't see something. Then i went on eBay and typed in all sorts of words. I initially thought some kind of TUBING could go over it. Then i starting thinking "stretchy"-SOMETHING might be more effective...
Somehow, i stumbled onto these puppies, and a lightbulb went off. And for less than $5 (FREE SHIPPING!), it was a complete no-brainer to try...
|Just query the name in eBay - they're ALWAYS being sold!|
I'm here to report that we've been using these little blue finger braces for over 6 months. I've not needed to buy more (although i was more than willing to); i simply wet 'em and wash them with handsoap while i'm washing my own hands. Just squeeze 'em out, and let them air dry.
Here i've put together a photo diagram of how AWESOME these little suckers are and how they've really cut back on a ton of "OH !@#$^%%&*(!!!!!" moments when you go over to see how the lil guy is doing. I hated nothing more than to find a wet, soppy, stinky feed-soaked baby. **GRUMBLE**
Left: Showing their 'original' intent - it's a pretty snug fit!
Middle: Here is the end of your g-tube with both feed port (lg) and med port (sm) opened
Right: The finger brace and g-tube, side-by-side (sizing is perfect!)
Left: Insert your index and middle finger and S-T-R-E-T-C-H it open.
Middle: Slide your fingers onto and around the end of the g-tube.
Right: Slide fingers back out and make sure med-port is secure from the outside.
Left: Here's how it looks! All secure and cozy warm! A little SWEATER! :-)
Right: When you need the med-port, simply slide brace back onto tubing.
NOTE: When returning brace back onto med-port, make sure the med-port cap is secure (see diagram above).
Anyhoo. It feels good to have documented this. Cheerio, fellow mama nurse-wannabes! :-)