So myself and another family have come together to raise awareness for Posterior Urethral Valve. We have set up a Facebook Page , not just for UK parents but for everyone in the UK wanting to educate themselves.
This condition is pretty rare, and before our son was diagnosed with it, myself and Craig had never heard of it.
I would like to set up some new posts about different treatments for our son Clayne. Tips and tricks we have learnt, and more.
Today I wanted to share the two catheter options that were given to us when Clayne was 2 months old. The selection is small. In fact there is only two brands, which I am going to introduce you all to today.
I have put the photos on a red background as with a white one it was difficult to show the clear catheter.
Here we have the two offered to us. Obviously as Clayne gets older they will increase in width, and the selection will increase.
The two given to use to try were:
1. SpeediCath standard (Top green packaging).
2. WyCath H20 (Bottom clear packaging).
Each catheter is an intermittent catheter, therefor there is no balloon on the end to keep it in the bladder. The idea of these are to insert them into Clayne’s bladder via his penis to drain off residual urine and then remove straight after. Literally a 3 min process at most. And the whole catheter does not go in, about 5 cm stays out. We only insert enough until we see urine coming out the end of the green port.
Lets discuss first, SpeediCath.
This catheter comes ready lubricated, this is specifically for boys. In case you didn’t know Male and female catheters are different lengths, due to the urethra’s being different lengths.
This catheter has a urea based coated lubricant. Reports from older children were that the coating stings a bit. This made us a little hesitant. Our little boy is already going to go through a lot he doesn’t need to feel stung every time we use it.
Anyway we tried this at home, we did found that Clayne did cry a little with this catheter. We also found the lubricant dried out fast and we struggled to insert the catheter as it at first is too slippery to guide in with our hands.
Not our favourite. Therefor we no longer use this one.
Our favourite catheter we currently use is the WyCath water based lubricant catheter.
Clayne tolerates this one so much better. Everything is in one.
My favourite part was that the packaging came apart and left a handle to guide the catheter in.
I am a nurse and I am very hygiene conscious and want to reduce urine infections as much as possible. In a hospital setting this whole process on a patient is Sterile, so to completely go against that felt so unnatural to me.
We were told we do not need to use gloves as the catheterisation will take place in our home and Clayne would be used to the “BUGS” in our home. Nooooo, I still do not like the idea of not using gloves and touching the catheter (we do wash our hands every time before and after).
So to have the handle which is clean on the inside, makes me feel more comfortable.
Here is the packet completely separated.
Far left silver packet is the water lubricant. All we do is pop the packet by pressing hard on the blue plastic button whilst the packet is unopened. This then pours the water straight into the far right packet which has the catheter inside.
The middle section is the handle, which rips away.
And of course we have the catheter at the top.
At the top you can see the handle with the catheter inside. We use this to guide the catheter. This reduces the amount of hand contact to a bare minimum. The tearing it away from the rest of the packet is the hardest, as you can see it is not a clean rip, but works anyway.
And again the bottom packet would be filled with the lubricant to re dip if needed.
The white spot on the bottom packet is a sticker to make everything a little easier for us if out and about.
Craig and I plan to post about catheter insertion in the future, as our teaching was vague. Plus with a 2 month old, it becomes very tricky. Especially when they kick about and try to grab your hand. If there is anything else you would like to know then please comment below. Or message us on our new page.