Spica casts, also called
body casts, are frequently used to treat children who have hip, pelvis, or leg
problems, such as
developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH). You may be
nervous about having a child in a spica cast. It can be overwhelming to be responsible for the care and cleaning of the cast. But
caring for a spica cast is not as hard as it may at first seem. After you get
into a routine, you'll find that you can handle the daily tasks involved in
cast care. You will become more and more confident that you can keep your child
safe and comfortable while he or she is in the cast.
You can help
care for your child's spica cast by:
- Learning basic cast-cleaning techniques.
- Learning how to manage daily care issues, such as changing a
- Gaining confidence in handling your child and knowing how
to identify problems that can develop.