Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Science Experiment

Nathan came home from Primary Children's yesterday... it was actually a more relaxing day than when we brought him home from the NICU the first go around. We weren't really scared of him; we just wanted to make sure that his pain would be under control and that his medications and food were all given at the proper time to help him get better. Nathan is currently taking aldactone, prevacid, lasiks, lortab, Tylenol (when he isn't given lortab), and motrin. I apologize if I spelled any of those wrong. He is still in a considerable amount of pain and it gets worse when he starts coughing which is a side effect of the specific anesthesia he was given. Since Nathan is on a drug that is meant to make him urinate and get the excessive swelling down, his diapers are EXTREMELY wet every time.

So since I had a consistent output to test diaper wise; I decided to see which brand actually holds more in it. I have the Walmart brand, LUVS, and Huggies. The Walmart brand drenched the clothes and the sheets (the sheet was considerably damp after I picked Nathan up). LUVS did a little better except that the diaper was starting to fall apart when I took it off of Nathan. However, the sheets weren't as damp as the Walmart brand. Huggies did have a little of the wetness get onto Nathan's clothes, but nothing more. Now you have to understand that each of these diapers were only on Nathan about 2 hours at a time and that the drug that is causing Nathan to do this has to get him to get rid of the 2 lbs of water he has retained in the last 7 days.

So my conclusion for the experiment is that Huggies is the best brand to hold little boys output. That being said, I used the Walmart brand on Ellie until she was about 5-6 months old. Then I realized that I could buy in bulk at Sam's Club and have only bought Huggies for her until she was potty trained. I'm glad that its Jake teaching science instead of me. He probably would have tested everything a little bit better....oh well. I'm wondering what everyone else's experiences have been.


Djinni said...

You are completely right, Huggies is the only brand for my kids. When I took Isaac on vacation a month after his Fontan to Idaho he was on Lasix still and soaked the hotel bed every night after sleeping for six hours, I felt so bad that it happened and I should of had a waterproof pad on the bed.
I feel like their should be a Science Fair for us adults/parents with real experiments that we have done on our own.

carolyn q said...

I only buy Huggies for my kids too. When Hope was at PCMC that is what they used and so I figured that was good enough for me. I have also tried Pampers, Walmart Brand and Luvs. . .same conclusion as you. However. . .we are starting that potty training with Cole and I see in the very near future diapers will be a thing of the past! However, right now I also buy in bulk at Sams, what a cost savings.
Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you and checking in to see how things are going since you have brought Nathan home.
Heart Hugs,
Carolyn Quigley