Cast care: Arm or leg cast

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Read about how to take care of your child's arm or leg cast and learn the warning signs of a problem.

Key points

  • Your child's cast may be made of plaster or fibreglass.
  • Look at your child's cast four or five times a day.
  • There may be a problem with your child's cast if your child's fingers or toes are blue, white or swollen; if your child cannot bend or straighten the fingers or toes; if your child's arm or leg is numb or tingles; if there is a bad smell coming from the cast; if the cast feels tight to your child; or if the cast is soft or broken.
Last updated: April 2nd 2019