Going home in a cast (1354)

Key points below

What do I need to know while the cast is on?

– Balls.

– Wheels.  This includes bikes, skateboards, and scooters.

– Trampolines, slides, and swings.  Keep feet on the ground!

Waterproof Cast Care

If told the cast is waterproof, the padding is designed so you can get the cast wet.  You can take a bath or go into a swimming pool with it.  Be sure to thoroughly rinse clean water through the cast after swimming. Swimming in a lake increases risk of skin irritation.  This is caused by bacteria in the water getting under the cast.

How does the waterproof cast dry?
Water will drain out the lower end of the cast for several minutes.  Do not try to dry the padding that is in the cast. Do not cover the cast while it dries. This will keep water from evaporating from the cast. Drying time can vary.  Most often, the cast will feel dry within 90 minutes.  

When should I call?

Cast removal

 cast removals


There are some possible risks with casting. These risks include, cast saw burn or cut, pressure sore, and skin irritation. Remember, the cotton padding protects the skin from the heat of the saw.  You can reduce these risk by not pulling or pushing on the padding while the cast is on.

Call the nurse line with any questions or concerns you have. 

Children’s Wisconsin Hospital in Milwaukee nurse line:  414-266-2411.

For more health and wellness information check out this resource: https://kidshealth.org/ChildrensWi/en/parents