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A hip spica body cast is used to keep your child's hips and legs from moving after an injury and / or operation.
It is not a walking cast; your child should not stand, bear weight or walk while in this cast.
Follow these guidelines to ensure the best care for your child.
Whenever there is a cast in place, it is important to check the function of the nerves and blood vessels. Check the following three to four times a day:
If your child has a spica cast with a Gore-Tex liner:
If your child has a standard spica cast (without a Gore-Tex liner):
Once the cast is dry, you may "petal" the cast as instructed below to keep it clean and dry, and to avoid rough edges. (Do not "petal" the cast if it has a Gore-Tex liner.)
Check the cast daily for cracks and dents, and for a change in the amount of room your child has between his / her skin and the cast.
To control odor and soiling, use a slightly damp cloth and mild soap to remove dirt. Allow the cast to air dry. Odor-Eaters may keep down odor if taped on the cast. If the cast becomes extremely soiled or wet, call your doctor's office for additional instructions.
Do not pull your child up by the arms or the armpits. Instead, hold your child by supporting the bottom of the cast.
You can transport your child in several ways:
If your child must remain in bed:
When choosing your child's clothing, think about the following:
Your older child will be discharged from the hospital with a bedpan and urinal. Remember:
To reach the orthopaedic nurse before 4 pm Monday through Friday, call 513-636-4567. After 4 pm and during weekends and holidays, call 513-636-4200 and ask that the orthopaedic resident on call be paged.
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