Cast Care: Arm or Leg Cast
Read about proper care of your child’s tonic or arm plaster in this article and learn about the warning signs of a problem.
About Your Child’s Template
Template puts a part of the body in its place. Such templates are used by orthopedists, doctors, or nurses. All casts start with elastic fabric, followed by soft cotton fabric and then plaster or fiberglass material.
The plaster may feel hot when you first apply it. This is normal, when you look at the template in 10 to 15 minutes, it will feel solid, but it will take 48 hours or 2 days to dry completely.
- Until it is completely dry, the template will feel cool and sticky.
- Fiberglass template
- Fiberglass is applied in the same way as plaster.
- Fiberglass dries in about an hour. It is lighter in weight and stronger than plaster.
- Price for fiberglass and a few other devices. Your child’s nurse, doctor, or other care professional will talk to you.
- Please follow these instructions on what physical activities your child can participate in wearing the cast.
Taking Care of Your Child At Home
The template will change in this case, depending on how your child uses the hands or feet. They will not be able to use it normally.
Problems with Your Child’s Template
Check your child’s template 4 or 5 times a day. If your child has any of the following symptoms, call your orthopedist, doctor, or nurse or go to the hospital.
Fingers or toes that are blue, white, or very swollen.
Bad Color Infected Hand vs. Infected Hand.
If the molded object in the mold is very rough, the fur will appear yellow or blue at the end of the mold, when compared to the place of the undamaged fur.
Your baby’s toes or toes should be warm and pink. You can compare the temperature, color, and size of the other arm and leg.
Your child should not wear nail polish or rings when they have mold. You must have noticed that the nails are blue.
Fingers and toes that cannot bend or straighten.
In the case of mold in the leg, your baby should be able to bend his paw down and pull away from the mold. In the case of the arm template, your child should be able to straighten all his fingers and thumb. Ask your child to move all your fingers and toes several times a day. Sometimes a child is not able to fully open their fingers or toes immediately after a fracture.
Numbness Of Arm Or Leg
Your baby should be able to feel the whole arm or leg.
There should be no numbness in the injured arm or leg, ants crawling and needles biting or feeling sleepy.
Smell Or Odor Coming From The Mold
If the template has been in place for a long time, it is normal for it to start to smell. We’ll be worried about the stench. Because they can show no infection under the casing.
A Template That Makes Your Child Feel Tight.
If your child feels the template tight. This may mean that the arm or leg is swollen inside the casing. Swelling can cause difficulty in blood flow to the arm and leg.
A Template That Is Soft Or Broken.
If the template is soft or broken, it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Taking care of your child’s template at home.
Keep Your Baby’s Casing Clean And Dry.
- Clean the top layer of the casing with a damp cloth. Keep the place open to the air, until it is dry. You can also use a hairdryer on a cool or cool setting.
- Do not place anything under the mold to scratches, such as cotton, coins, or pens. Itching inside the template is normal.
- Do not cut or change the shape of your child’s template.
- Inspect the skin on the edges of the template. Look for blisters or headlines.