A cast protects a broken bone or other injury. Most casts are made of fibreglass, but plaster casts are still sometimes used.
When your child wears a cast, you can't remove it yourself. A doctor will arrange for the cast to be removed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Go immediately to an emergency department if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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