The Itchy and Scratchy Facts about Casts

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, broken bones are the most common injury; an average of 6 million Americans every year break a bone. Of those broken bones, 95% of them will heal without any problems.

When our little ones are sick or hurt, or main focus is their well-being. Kissing boo-boos and drying tears sometimes become the focus at the doctor’s office, instead of making sure we ask all of our questions during the short amount of time we get to spend with the doctor.

So if your little monkey falls out of the tree and breaks a bone, here are some answers to questions you’ll probably have after the tears have dried and the cast is on. 

Are There Different Kinds of Casts?

There are two common types of casts: Plaster of Paris and synthetic (fiberglass) material. Plaster of Paris is heavier and made from a white powder that, when made into a paste, hardens quickly.

How Does a Cast Work?

Once set into place by an orthopedic surgeon, a cast stabilizes a broken bone. A soft layer of cotton goes right against the skin and is surrounded by a hard outer layer that prevents the broken bone from moving.

MORE: Toddlers Do Break Bones }

Why Can’t Casts Get Wet?

When a cast gets wet, the hard layer of plaster may start to dissolve, allowing too much give in the cast and causing it to no longer hold the broken bone in place. Additionally, it could also irritate the skin underneath the wet portion of the cast, possibly leading to infection. For this reason, the doctor will recommend that your child shouldn't swim and should use a plastic bag to protect the cast from water during a bath.

While a fiberglass cast is less likely to have its hold compromised by water (fiberglass is waterproof), if the padding underneath becomes wet, it could irritate the skin and cause an infection, rash, and itchy skin. You should always do your best to keep the cast dry.

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    I remember my brother scratching his arms underneath the cast by a broomstick! I hope this won’t let happen to my kid(s).

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