My 13-month-old son is currently recovering from a hypospadias repair – aka a little operation on his willy – at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He has amazed me with his resilience and doesn’t seem to mind that he has a dressing on his privates and has been weeing through a stent for nearly a week.
I’m not going to go into it all here (I might do a bigger post on this at some point once he has fully recovered) but I just wanted to share my top tip for managing post-operative nappy changes.
You are told to put your little one in two nappies. Against their body, they wear one in their normal size with a hole cut in it for their penis, with a nappy one size larger over the top. The first catches the poo and keeps it away from the dressing and stent, and the second absorbs the urine dripping from the stent.
If you’re anything like me, your first thought is going to be “how on earth will I know where to cut the hole?” Let me tell you, the answer is Aldi Mamia nappies.
C normally wears a size 4, and it just so happens that there is a little purple elephant in exactly the right spot. Cut out the purple elephant, put some micropore tape around the hole to keep the absorbent inner of the nappy away from their willy and Bob’s your uncle.
I won’t deny that the first few nappy changes after his operation made me feel quite dizzy and peculiar, but it’s incredible how quickly the strange becomes normal, and now we just get on with it. Fortunately we’ve only had to wipe poo off the dressing once (so far!) and we’re now dab hands at poking his willy straight through the hole without catching the stent.
No one wants their child to have to have surgery and it’s always going to be a stressful time, so I hope this tip about Aldi nappies will help other parents cross one worry off their list.