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[IPp] site infections

I'm almost afraid to post this because maybe it'll jinx us, but in 4 years 
and 10 months of pumping, Annie has never had one single site 
infection.  She's a competitive swimmer who spends much time in pools and 
lakes--and when time allowed, she used to love hours-long baths in the 
company of an assortment of plastic creatures and dolls. The bath water 
would get cold and gray before she was ready to get out!  She and I can 
recall 3 times in all these years that a set pulled off, and only once was 
it water-related.  And her sites have consistently healed without problems.
It may be luck that's kept her free of infection, but maybe it's our 
routine:  When we remove a set, we soak it with a Unisolve pad for a couple 
of minutes, slip it off in the opposite direction from how it went in, and 
scrub away the remaining gorilla snot and adhesive with the same pad (the 
Unisolve pad is slightly rough and she says it feels good to safely 
"scratch" the area with it once the set is gone).
Then we wipe the area with a clean alcohol pad, and rub in a little triple 
antibiotic ointment.  We've also been known to forget and leave an old site 
attached for several more days before we REMEMBER to remove it--a real 
problem if she does disconnect for any reason and then can't recall which 
site we were still using!  For several years we often used a good site for 
a week, but we try now to change them every 3-5 days, just so their 
effectiveness doesn't begin to diminish and her numbers don't creep up as a 
BTW, tummy sites just never worked well for Annie, too much bending and 
movement caused bent cannulas or discomfort.  She uses her upper rear end 
and hips exclusively, a much more stable environment apparently.
Hope this is helpful!
Unisolve is also great for cleaning off bandaid stickum, street tar, 
chewing gum, permanent ink, paint, and many other things.  I don't know how 
it is so effective and yet so gentle to a child's tender skin!
We are only on our 2nd two-ounce bottle of Tincture of Benzoin in 4+ 
years.  We use a Q-tip to apply and a little dab'll do it!  Let it get 
slightly dry and tacky before putting down the set, then use an alcohol 
wipe to clean away the excess around the edges so the site is pretty!
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