Ostomy Supplies Explained

If you’re anything like me, you would have no idea what the word “ostomy” means let alone what ostomy supplies are.  In this short blog I hope to relay a little of what I have learned in regard to these products at the Whaley’s Southwest location.

Let’s start with “ostomy.”  All I knew for sure was that meant you didn’t eliminate waste normally.  After talking to several patients, I have discovered that there are different types of ostomies and it deals with more than bowel movements.

When trying to determine which ostomy supplies are needed, I would start by first learning what type of ostomy you’re dealing with so you know the correct products needed. The most common types you will encounter are Urostomy (Urine) and Colostomy (Feces).   If there is a dysfunction with the urinary system and stool formation is normal, the patient may in more extreme cases have had a urostomy performed and they will need to be shown urostomy products (These differ from colostomy products because they are made to hold and drain liquid.  They need to be made out of different materials and have a drain or hose connection.) If the patient has issues with their intestines and forming stool (possibly due to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.) they are most probably looking for colostomy supplies.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to the type of ostomy, the next steps get a little more tricky.  A good portion of patients are in need of colostomy supplies.  To determine what they need specifically, as the system has several possible parts, we will need to ask a couple of more questions:

Whaley’s Mommy & Me – Before, During & After

Have you heard of Whaley’s Mommy& Me?? It is located inside our Whaley’s West Side Pharmacy.  The mission of Whaley’s Mommy & Me is to help families make an easier transition throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding by providing unique products and resources for both mom and baby.  We have a certified lactation consultant on staff, Renee Davis, who provides breastfeeding appointments 9am-3pm Tuesday through Thursday free of charge.  She is great at supporting families throughout their breastfeeding journey – prenatal and beyond – and can help moms with many breastfeeding issues. In addition to private consultations, Renee also helps out in our Mommy & Me store guiding our customers on products that will help make both baby and mommy more comfortable. 

Whaley’s President, Stacy Welling, and Renee have just returned from market and brought back many new products we’re excited to offer your family!  One new item is the Tranquilo Mat. This mat was just featured on the TV show “Shark Tank” and is a life saver for some parents. It’s soft vibrations mimic the movements of a mother’s womb which soothe fussy babies. The Tranquilo Mat is portable so you can take it wherever you and baby go!  We also now have convertible scarves perfect for busy moms. These scarves have many different purposes – from a car seat cover to a nursing scarf, and even as a cover for high chairs or shopping carts! The new collection of diaper bags by Little Unicorn is also sure to make our moms happy! These fun bags allow mom to maintain her style while also staying organized for baby.

There are many more new products and of course we still have our classic favorites – teething amber necklaces, diaper caddies and much more!  Stop by Whaley’s Mommy & Me for all your pregnancy and breastfeeding needs and be sure to follow the Whaley’s Mommy & Me page on Facebook.

The “DEETs” on Insect Repellents

What exactly is DEET?

DEET stands for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, which is a chemical used as an active ingredient in many insect repellents. DEET is commonly used to protect individuals from mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus, the Zika Virus, Malaria, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

DEET is designed to be directly applied to the skin to prevent biting insects from smelling us, therefore repelling them.

Products that are designed to be applied directly to the skin can contain a concentration of 5-99% DEET.  Higher concentrations may have a longer repellent effect, but products with a concentration of 50% or higher provide no additional protection per the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who can use DEET?

According to the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DEET is safe to use in both adults and children above the age of 2 months. Although DEET has been shown to not flag any health concerns, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years old.

There is no restriction on the percentage of DEET that can be used on children from the age of 2 months to 12 years old, but it has been recommended to use products with a concentration less than 30% to prevent skin irritation. If skin irritation or rash does occur, discontinue product immediately and wash area of application with soap and water.

Insect repellents containing DEET are also safe to use on pregnant or breastfeeding women.  

How to use DEET safely:

  • Do not apply over cuts, scrapes, or broken skin
  • Do not allow children to apply product to themselves
  • Do not apply to hands or near eyes of young children
  • If applying to face do not directly spray on face, but apply to hands then rub onto face, avoiding the eyes
  • Do not breathe in, swallow, or get into eyes – DEET can be toxic if swallowed
  • Only use on exposed skin and/or clothing – do not apply under clothing
  • Read and follow all directions on product labeling
  • Do not apply in enclosed areas

 

Resources:

  1. "DEET." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 14 June 2017. Web. 19 June 2017.
  2. “Fight the Bite for Protection from Malaria Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use” CDC. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 19 June 2017.