I should have thought of that!
Adaptive clothing and accessories for children with medical needs.
Abilitee Adaptive Wear is one of those I-should-have-thought-of-thats. It is a brand new adaptive clothing and sensory accessory line designed for kids with unique physical and developmental needs. One of the surgeons at our local Children’s hospital designed the products in response to parents frustrations over finding the right clothing for kids with medical issues.
When you have a child with a feeding tube, a central line, ostomy bag, or who needs periodic catheterization, clothing can be a challenge. Not only is it hard to dress a child with limited mobility or muscle tone issues, it’s also difficult to access different parts of their bodies for routine medical procedures like tube feeding, catheterization, and administering medications.
When Nathan was a baby I hated the zippered footie pajamas because I couldn’t access his g-tube to attach his tube extension. With the infant snap PJs, I simply put the tube between the snaps. The zippered ones, I had to cut. He’s three now and kids clothiers don’t make snap pjs anymore and it’s hard find ones with zippers. I still cut holes near the top of his left thigh for access to his feeding tube. Now I don’t have to!
We were given the cutest footie pajama set from Abilitee for Nathan last December at a Casey’s Circle event. It has easy access to his tube. Look he’s a little fox! The fox eared hood was especially nice to wear when we were in NY.
I love these clothes and want to share them with you. I am giving away this set of Abilitee Adaptive Wear Accessories. Use the rafflecopter below and sign up to win three feeding tube covers and a spill scarf.
Enter to win by Tuesday March 28th!
Abilitee Adaptive Wear was created by pediatric surgeon, Dr. Julie Sanchez, and her friend Marta Elena Cortez-Neavel. When Dr. Sanchez realized her patients were struggling to find cute clothing that fit their needs, she decided to do something about it.
Today, Abilitee provides adaptive clothing and accessories for children with central lines, chemo ports, feeding tubes, ostomies, sensory sensitivities, and much more. Each design is inspired by a patient and created with their needs in mind.
Abilitee’s soft “honeycomb” feeding tube pads are designed to protect your child’s skin from irritation and absorb leakage around tubes. The inner layer is made from soft, absorbent microfleece to soak up fluids, while the water-resistant outer layer keeps fluids from getting on clothing. Unlike most pads which can have irritating exposed seams, these were specially-designed to keep all seams hidden and away from skin.
Spill scarves are designed for messy eaters who don’t like the look of conventional bibs. This unique design has an absorbent top layer to catch spills, and a leak-proof underlayer to keep food and drinks from getting onto clothing.
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