Taking care of a child in a hip spica cast can be a difficult experience for you and your child. This information should help answer some of the questions you may have. Please write down any other questions you have and talk with your care team.
Your child will go home in a hip spica cast. This cast is put on by your doctor. It is often used after different types of hip or leg surgeries, tendon releases, or a broken bone. Both the cast and your child will need special care.
The cast may seem bulky and awkward, but it serves a very specific purpose. It immobilizes the hip(s) or broken bone to keep them in the right position. Follow the instructions given by your care team and in this booklet to:
Keep your child comfortable and safe.
Prevent sores caused by irritation and pressure of the cast against the skin.
Check for cast tightness and circulatory changes caused by swelling or normal growth.
Your care team will give you:
Follow-up appointment information
A telephone number to call if you have questions or concerns
Teach other people caring for your child how to care for them and their cast.