One thing that I’ve been wanting to do on this blog for like a zillion years is to start a collection of posts that are as much about the comments as they are about the post. I belong to a bunch of private message boards and there is a ton of great information on them, but private message boards can’t be found by Google and you have to join to see them. It’s a shame to let all that good information go to waste!
From here out out I hope that each Wednesday we’ll a have a post like this one–a post that lists an issue that I’ve spotted on a message board that other parents can comment and respond to. I’ll get the ball rolling with our own experiences:
Have you ever tried Theratogs?
Yes! We have. We have found theratogs very helpful in getting Charlie to hold his body up straighter and we also noticed that he seems to hold these improved positions long after we’ve taken the theratogs off. The big issue for us and theratogs were the time involved in putting them on and the heat. Charlie overheats very easily, so we can only use Theratogs at certain times of the year–here in South Louisiana, that’s not very often.
Time was also a factor for us. Once Charlie got strong enough to start crawling, it can be difficult to get the whole getup without him crawling away halfway through.
Despite these limitations, I would definitely recommend theratogs for kids who are working on postures or who need a little support to become better sitters or standers–they seem to remind the child the best way to do these activities. When I think about things like splints and braces, this is/was the best product that we tried with Charlie.
Open Question: Have You Tried a Brace/Splint That Worked Really Well for Your Child? What Was It? Why Was it Great?
I’d now like to open up the floor for more wisdom. Have you tried a particular brace that worked great for your child? A splint? We tried some wrist splints for Charlie and he could take all of them off. We did night knee braces, but I don’t feel like they did a whole lot and they definitely made sleeping harder. I’m considering trying a Benik splint to help him get his index finger out for using the iPad, but I’m worried he’ll just take that off too.