As parents we look to the professionals to tell us what to do but sometimes, the professionals are not always right. I have 10 children one just born last Wednesday, out of the 10, 6 have had umbilical hernias. From my very first child, I implemented what I had been taught about babies with Umbilical hernias. Doctors will tell you that an umbilical hernia should resolve on it’s own in a child. I found that not to be the case. We all have old wives tales, traditions and remedies that have been handed down by our ancestors and for me, the quarter wrap was one of them.
You have to first understand why an umbilical hernia occurs. It happens when the stomach muscles don’t join completely and the intestine and other tissues bulge. Think about this for a moment. The child has a weak muscle and we expect that what is protruding and is extroverted will invert on it’s own over time? So, a baby is strong enough to have that muscle pulled in? I’m not too sure about that but I’m also not a doctor. I’m just a dad with experience. Early on when my eldest daughter had a hernia, I was told to take a quarter, tape it in the form of a cross and then place it over the hernia. Why you ask? The quarter is the size enough to cover and hold in the weak muscle, the tape holds the quarter to the area and keeps the muscle in. This gives the muscle time to strengthen. There is no pressure on the muscle as there is when the umbilical hernia is protruding. When it protrudes it’s pushing itself out as far as the skin will allow.
I did this with 4 of my kids on the 5th we mentioned our practice on our other children to resolve this when our son was diagnosed. My wife and I were told by the doctor that this would not help, she had never heard of it before so, against daddy advice and in going with the experts (Doctor) my wife did not do this with our 5th child. Out of the 5 only 1 needed to have the surgery. Guess which one it was? When we spoke to the doctor on follow up who had delivered several of our children she said “scientifically, it has not been proven but given how many times you’ve been through this if it worked for you, there is no harm in trying.” The surgery was heartbreaking as a parent to watch my son in pain all because I listened to the expert rather than depending on my experience. If you have a child with a hernia, try it. It won’t hurt the child and it may just avoid a surgery and resolve you from having to watch your baby in pain. The worst that can happen is the hernia doesn’t resolve and the expert performs the surgery. Listen, I’m just a dad with experience in many things. A law degree doesn’t make you an expert in negotiating and a MD doesn’t make you an expert in parenting techniques. By the way, our 6th child had an umbilical hernia, after the trouble with the 5th, my wife and I decide to go with what we know, taping in the hernia. No surgery was needed!It's your call. The tape here worked.
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I’d first like to point out our review is based on experience not the fact that we reached out to both companies with no reply from either. Our first 2 kids were subject to what we could afford at the time with my oldest almost 25 and the second 22 years old now. From that point forward the next 1 child was a Huggies babies. At the time Huggies was the better brand. They were less expensive, absorbent and had a better feel. The con was once the baby went pee the diaper would smell almost instantly. Pampers began to gain traction with our 4th child leaving us with 6 Pampers babies. Their branding and diversification of a variety of new products began to consume the market and knocked Huggies to the number 2 spot. Pampers introduced a longer lasting, fresh smelling, thinner but up to 12 hour absorbent product. Now, while I’m not sure why anyone would keep a baby in a diaper that long, Pampers designed it though.
We are getting ready to have our 10th baby in about 1½ weeks. With all the stuff to get ready, deciding which diapers to use was a major decision. We decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers for the newborn stage and the Pampers Cruisers for the next stage. The same as we have done with the last 3 babies. We typically buy diapers for months at a time, this time we bought 9 giant packs.
The Pros: Pampers Swaddlers for us are pretty much still the same. The smell ( We love the fresh baby smell), We find the Swaddlers to be very absorbent, we have never experienced leakage, we like the wetness indicator, We like the plush feel of the diapers they don’t feel really thin like some of the other brands including Pampers baby dry.
The Cons: Pampers Swaddlers are pricey, you get fewer diapers for the same price as Baby Dry Pampers products, coupons are not as easy to get that offer competitive pricing to make a parent switch brands. For many that few dollars makes a difference. Pampers is losing a huge market share by catering to the market that can afford them but the impact of volume is where the loss is.
We believe to get the best result from a diaper always go by the minimum weight on the next size up diaper to determine what size is right for the baby (example newborn size goes up to 10 pounds but size 1 starts at 8 pounds. I would switch my baby to size 1 at 8 pounds not wait until they reach 10 pounds to out grow the newborn size.) We found this really helps with leaks.
Huggies were the best when Pampers only offered “baby dry”. Pampers came out with Swaddlers and Cruisers and that was a game changer. Pampers now has the best diapers, the smell, softness and the fabric as well as absorbency to name a few which is why our 10th baby will also be a Pampers baby! Babies cry for a reason, they are hungry, gassy, want to be held or need to be changed (there are plenty more but the review would be too long) if you want to eliminate one of the reasons your baby is crying and for baby comfort, use Pampers.
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