Spica Cast Maintenance

YouTube Preview Image
  • Change diapers often and try to keep the cast clean and dry. If the cast gets wet, dry it with a blow dryer on cool setting. See Diapering a Baby in a Spica Cast.
  • Rough edges can be padded to protect the skin from scratches.
  • Do not put things in the cast and watch smaller children to keep small objects out of the cast.
  • Do not put powders or oils on the skin because they will cake and build up.

Petaling the Cast

Petaling refers to applying waterproof tape around the edges of the cast. This protects the child’s skin from the rough edges of the cast around the diaper opening and also adds an extra layer of protection in case urine or feces gets through or around the diapers. If the tape does get soiled it can be removed and replaced with clean tape. This is especially important at the diaper cut-out area of the cast.

To protect the edges of the cast from getting soiled:

  1. Start with a piece of waterproof tape about 4 inches long and wrap it, short side, over the edge of the cast.
  2. Add another piece remembering to overlap the pieces as you go all around the opening of the cast.

As more pieces of tape are added, they resemble the petals of a flower; this is why this technique is called petaling.

Keeping the Spica Cast Dry

Another option for parents is to use a product, such as the CastCooler, which may help to keep the cast dry and odor free.

Also, a Spica Cast Liner may be a viable options: click here for more information

 


Back to Spica Cast Tips

  • Call to Action Buttons

  • Email Sign Up

    Email Sign Up
  • Social Media Links

  • Translate Link

    Para ver en Español Click Aquí

  • SubNav Menu

  • Latest News

    Latest News

    Submit a Story

    Participate in a Bracing Survey

    May 21

    Please help us understand your experience with brace treatment for De...

    Postponed Treatment Option for Older Infants

    May 07

    Surgery may be postponed for hip dysplasia because of limited surgica...

    Suggestions for Managing DDH in a Resource-Limited...

    Apr 03

    Authors: International Hip Dysplasia Institute Pandemic Work Group: P...

  • Latest Stories

    Latest Stories

    Submit a Story

    Hannah

    Jun 07

    Hey everyone! My name is Hannah and I am 17 years old. I am currently ...

    Sarah Rowlands

    Apr 30

    Hello all So i thought i'd like to share a shortened down version of ...

    Chelsey

    Apr 02

    Hello everyone, my name is Chelsey. Growing up I played travel softbal...