Megan has written before about patching her daughter Ruby. She’s back with an update and a question. -Ann Z
To brace or not to brace….
And that is the question at our house these days. I’ve read that the bracing tactic is effective, but I’ve put it off for so long. I’ve tried other options all unsuccessfully:
- Bribing with food – that worked for about 3 weeks
- Bribing with the computer/ipad – hasn’t worked at all
- Bribing with the TV – also complete and total failure (although my other working theory on why that failed was because Yo Gabba Gabba made us both scream.)
So now, as we approach the one year anniversary of Ruby’s eye surgery, we come down to this: do we brace her arms so she can’t bend her elbow and rip the eye patch off?
I’ve purchased a lovely pair of purple and white fabric covered swim floaties with flowers and ruffles on them for just such a task. That seemed like the least invasive way to go for the bracing measure. (However, I’m fully aware this swim floatie/brace technique could illicit another tantrum down the line as she gets bigger and we go swimming. But frankly, I can deal with that as a lot of people don’t like to swim. Plus, I’m banking on the theory that she’ll have blocked this whole experience out of her mind.)
Ruby is 17 months old and I’ve read about 17 month old kids who do patch quite well for several hours a day so I know this can be done. But as all parents know, the toddler years aren’t exactly the most cooperative ones.
My question to the collective group is this: Did you try bracing to get your child to learn to leave the patch on? And if so, what did you brace with?