Learning to cope and live with a cast takes time. Your child may be depressed because of the changes in how she or he looks and feels.
Listen to your child and support his or her feelings. Urge him or her to learn to care for themselves as much as possible.
For a while, your child may behave differently around other people, but have your family and their friends spend time with your child. Some days may be difficult, but a positive outlook helps.