Saturday, August 04, 2012

H2O therapy

Oh my little Zack.  He still can't stop biting himself. Some days are worse than others, but basically, he seems to chew on his arms and legs ALL DAY LONG.


I hope it's weather related, because changing the dose of his trial medication didn't help, and no amount of brushing or massaging or pressure-giving I do seems to make much difference.  My only hope is that when the weather cools down, he'll feel some relief.

I think it's just a skin sensitivity (or lack of?), and not an oral need -- meaning, I think he's doing it to relieve an uncomfortable feeling in his skin, not his mouth or his teeth.  Because when I put my arm in front of his face so he can't bite himself, he giggles nervously, but doesn't really bite down on me.





Sometimes I can distract him with the pool and bubbles, but not for long.  So sometimes we walk down to this rock water fountain near the Civic Center, right down the street from us, and they love to play in the water there.



A plain old shower actually works pretty well for water therapy too, but the pictures are better at the rock fountain.




 



I guess the biting and sensory problems are something to talk to the doctor about, when we see her in two weeks.

I wonder if some of it is sensory and some of it is anxiety.  It's hard to tell sometimes.  Zack is kind of nervous and jittery all the time, so it's hard to say.  Maybe the anxiety is caused by the sensory problems.


It's always a guessing game.

1 comment:

Cari Wegner said...

Poor guy. Hate when we don't know what's going on with them and just want them to feel better. Good thinking that it might be skin, he would probably respond really well to aquatic therapy. My little guy did. There is a fantastic pediatric aquatic therapy place in Plymouth, therapy junction, that is well worth the drive. Hope he gets some relief when it cools down.

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