Lyndsey - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )
Well, I'm going to finally type out our little story here as Oliver takes a nap in his sleepy wrap. When he had his casts on I was able to use slings, but after he got his braces on, it is easier to use a wrap.
My husband had one clubbed foot when he was born and at that time (24 years ago) the only thing they could do was surgery with casts afterwards. They told his mother that this was not genetic in any way, so when I became pregnant she told me it was nothing to worry about.
We found out at my 17 week ultrasound that the baby had bilateral clubfoot. (Both feet were clubbed.) After later research we discovered there is a genetic link, but it is small. I had another scan done at 22 weeks which confirmed that the baby's feet were clubbed and we were having a BOY!!!
We met with our orthopedic doctor when I was about 7 months pregnant to discuss what would be done. When Oliver was 8 days old we took him for his first set of casts. Oh, that was so hard to see!!! A week later I had to soak his casts off at home, which was a horrible experience. Oliver still had his umbilical cord stump on, so attempting to soak off casts without getting that wet did not work!! It took an hour and a half to do by myself and by the end we were both exhausted.
Oliver went through 8 weeks of casts. For the first 4 weeks they were changed each week. The last 4 weeks they were changed every other week. When Oliver was 9 weeks old our dr said he was done with casts...we were thrilled!!! We went the following week to get fitted for his braces. He wears those for about 23 hours a day. We take them off 3 times a day and stretch his feet. He doesn't seem to mind at all.
He will wear the braces until about the time he is walking. Once he is walking, he will not have to wear anything.
I'm so glad we are all here in this community together. It is so great to have other moms to connect with and talk about this situation!!!
Lyndsey & Oliver