Follow these guidelines to ensure the best care for your child.
Whenever there is a cast in place, it is important to make sure it is fitting well.
Be sure to check the following several times per day:
- The color of your child's toes should be pink and warm to the touch.
- Your child should be able to feel all sides of their toes when touched.
- Your child should be able to wiggle their toes the same as before casting.
If your child has a spica cast with a Gore-Tex liner:
- Do not petal the cast with petaling tape, only with orange Hy-Tape.
- Handle the Gore-Tex liner gently to prevent tears.
- Keep cast dry.
- Do not get the cast wet.
- Do not place your child in the bathtub.
If your child has a cotton spica cast:
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).
- Cut several strips of moleskin to a length of about 4 inches.
- Remove the paper from the back of the moleskin to expose the sticky tape side.
- Tuck one end of the moleskin under the edge of the cast and apply the free end onto the cast's outside surface. The soft side of the moleskin will now provide extra protection to your child’s skin.
- Continue to overlap the strips until a complete edge is formed.
- Cover all rough edges of the cast
- The moleskin can be removed and reapplied if it becomes soiled.
Check the cast daily for cracks and dents.
Always make sure that your child has enough room in the cast to breathe comfortably.
Do not pull your child up by the arms or the armpits. Instead, hold your child by supporting them at their back and below their buttocks.