4 things to know about caring for your child's cast
Bone cast could be the most effective therapeutic option for proper healing of bone fractures. Wearing a cast may cause discomfort and can be challenging for kids. Here are a few tips to help you take care of the cast for kids with bone fracture:
- Keep the cast clean and don’t put anything inside the cast.
- Avoid swimming pools and opt for sponge baths instead of showers. Use a cast cover or plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet. If the cast gets wet, it should be replaced within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for waterproof casts as they are more convenient and help reduce skin irritation and infections.
- Use a hairdryer on a cool setting to blow air into the cast and relieve itchiness and prevent your child from scratching. If discomfort persists, consult your doctor.
- Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following signs occur:
- Foul odor from the cast
- Increased pain in the injured limb
- Fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Change in the color or size of the injury
- Tingling or numbness in the injured area