Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cool new "tool"

I promised to tell about the cool new bottle we got in the recovery room after Mallorie's surgery. It's put out by a company called Zip-N-Squeeze, and is called a Soft Sipp bottle. It is AMAZING.

Of course, it was created by a nurse. :)

It has a one-way valve, so you can control the rate in which you give liquids, and has a really, really soft and flexible tubing that doesn't even hurt the mouth to use after surgery. I wish we had known about this bottle sooner.

Mallorie had been unexpectedly hospitalized for almost a month in February, after she had a mouth surgery. Although she had not been fabulous about taking bottles before then, she got so she would not even take the occasional bottle, ever. She had developed some gagging and vomiting issues, partly due (I think) to some formulas we had been trying, and I think partly also because of the time she spent with a tube in her throat while she was on the vent. She eventually became upset about anything being in or near her mouth, including a bottle nipple, and would gag and vomit in response. She would only take sips of water or Pedialyte drizzled into her mouth by syringe.

Except for that bottle she took on Saturday, it had been several months, I think, since any of us have been successful in getting her to even take a sip except by syringe, so we carry syringes everywhere. The problem with syringes is that they are either so small that you are refilling them every few minutes ... a 10cc syringe is just 2 teaspoons ... or you look goofy squirting a 60cc (2 oz) syringe in your kid's mouth in public. It looks like a horse syringe!

But with this new squirt bottle, you can feed liquids in a controlled fashion, and because the tubing is so thin and soft, even Mallorie, with the oral aversion she'd developed, took to it easily. And no sucking is required, so it's great for kids who haven't developed a good suck, but who still can manage to swallow liquids without aspirating. It holds 3 oz (about 90 cc).

Of course, if she ever decides she likes her regular bottles again, we may outgrow our need for her ZNS bottle!


jb said...

Very, very cool, that ZNS bottle looks like a wonderful thing and what a surprise, invented by a nurse! I am so glad this is working for Mallorie, certainly does seem to be easier than syringes. I am hopeful that Mallorie's aversion will lessen with time as the un-fun things you mentioned are replaced with fun things! You are all so absolutely amazing! Love, jb

May said...

if Vera does ever go for a cleft surgery ( yes she has a lateral one), we can use this too. will share this will her paed. thanks!

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

If only we didnt aspirate.

Laurie said...

Hi Connie,

I don't know anything about these things but I know your sharing them here are going to help so many other mommys with your knowledge and experience. I just want to tell you that I love you and Mallorie and am so blessed that she is doing so good.

Love you, Laurie in Ca.

Kim ( said...

You are such a blessing, just checking in on sweet Mallorie this morning. Thinking of you guys and praying for you daily.

ThereseAnn said...

This is nice,
We used the "Haberman feeding system" for my child's cleft lip and palate back in 2000.
ThereseAnn, mom to Natalia now 8 with full trisomy 13.