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Old 12-05-2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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Cast getting wet

Hi, my daughter who is 2 has a cast on her leg. I put her in the tub tonite with a garbage bag covering the cast but the water went through the bag and got the cast wet. I tried to blow dry it but the inside of the cast is really wet. She has to keep it on for another week, should i call the doctor about this or just let it dry?

 
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Re: Cast getting wet

I would call the doctor and let them know. They may want to take it off and put on a new one. It would be hard to blow dry it enough without burning her, as you probably discovered. I'd be concerned that she'd end up with a rash or some other skin irritation with the cast still being wet inside. Or maybe they have some other solution, a heat lamp or something like that. Years ago when I had body casts, they used heat lamps to help dry them out more quickly.

 
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Re: Cast getting wet

Absolutely call the doctor--as soon as possible. If the cast got wet all the way through to her skin, and it stays on like that for more than...a few hours, maybe a day... she is at risk for skin infections.

 
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Re: Cast getting wet

It did get all the way through, her foot inside when i put my finger in there was all wet. What can they do if i call tonite? Will it be ok to call in the morning?

 
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Re: Cast getting wet

I don't know, I'm not a pediatrician, I just know that it's bad. If it's plaster, get a hold of somebody tonight. If it's fiberglass, it might be ok to wait until morning, see if it dries out.

 
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Re: Cast getting wet

Thanks to those that replied. I took her in this morning and they put a new cast on her.

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