How to Help Your Child Cope With Having a Cast

little girl in cast sitting with doctorChildren are natural explorers with boundless energy, and that can sometimes lead to bumps and bruises. If your child has an injury from sports or play that requires a trip to the pediatric orthopedic clinic, then they may leave with a cast. Having a cast can make life tougher for a while, but there are ways you can help your child cope.

Keep Your Child’s Cast Dry and Elevated

It’s particularly important to keep your child’s cast elevated in the days right after it’s put on at the pediatric orthopedic clinic. With your child laying down, use pillows or cushions so that the casted limb rests at an angle above your child’s heart.

Elevating your child’s damaged limb can ease swelling and pain.

In the coming weeks, keeping your child’s cast dry is also an important task to aid their healing. If the cast gets too wet, it can become damaged. Unsanitary conditions such as mold and mildew can also grow in a cast that has become damp. Don’t use lotions or powders on the skin inside the cast.

Keep the Cast Free From Foreign Objects

Nothing should ever be inserted into a cast. When food, sand or dirt could find their way into your child’s cast, use plastic wrap or a trash bag to cover the opening. If the skin inside is itchy, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to blow inside the cast and give your child some relief.

Help Your Child With Crutches

Work with your child to become accustomed to walking with crutches. Remember that their full weight should be placed on the handgrips and not the armpit rests of the crutches.

Periodically check your child’s crutches for damage or loose screws to ensure they remain in good repair. Ensure your home is free from clutter that could trip your child or make walking more difficult.