Topic: Tests & Procedures, General Child Health
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about the removal of a cast at home. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand. Your doctor has asked that you remove your child’s cast by soaking it off before your next appointment.
HOW TO SOAK OFF A CAST
1. Get a bucket or basin and fill it with warm water. Add one tablespoon of vinegar. This will help soften the cast for removal.
2. Do not use your tub or sink for soaking off the cast. Also, do not empty the bucket or basin in your sink, as plaster will clog your plumbing. Empty water outside.
3. Place your child’s entire cast in the water. Keep the cast in the water until the little “knob” that the doctor left starts to float freely in the water.
4. Take that “knob” and start to unwrap the cast. If the cast is difficult to remove, allow more soaking time to prevent injury to your child. It may take one to two hours to fully remove the cast the first time. As you get more experienced, it will take less time. Unwrap until the cast is off. If there are any problems, call your child’s doctor or clinic.
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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000
The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.
Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.
Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000
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