Cast Care Instructions

  • Keep the cast clean and dry.
  • Check for cracks or breaks in the cast.
  • Rough edges can be padded to protect the skin from scratches or abrasion.
  • Do not scratch the skin under the cast by inserting objects inside the cast.
  • You can use a hair dryer on a cool setting to blow air into the cast and cool down hot, itchy skin.  Never blow warm or hot air into the cast.
  • Do not put powders or lotions inside the cast.
  • Cover the cast while your child is eating to prevent food spills and crumbs from entering the cast.
  • Elevate the cast above the level of the heart to decrease swelling.
  • Encourage your child to move his or her fingers (or toes for a leg cast) to promote circulation and exercise the muscles.