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    DD broke her arm on the weekend and it's already frustrating her, poor thing. First broken bone so I'm not sure where to start.
    Having another appt tmw for a full cast. Do they automatically do waterproof ones these days, or shall I look to buy a cover for bathing?

    Any info welcome. Thanks.

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    DS broke his arm when he was 3. He was only in s cast for a very short time, so they didn't waterproof it. We just put it in a plastic bag, taped firmly around the top for bath time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    DS broke his arm when he was 3. He was only in s cast for a very short time, so they didn't waterproof it. We just put it in a plastic bag, taped firmly around the top for bath time.
    We are renovating so no bath at the moment, only shower! They've said 6-8 weeks but hope it's not that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmumm View Post
    We are renovating so no bath at the moment, only shower! They've said 6-8 weeks but hope it's not that long.
    Bugger! If it's 6-8 weeks they should put fibreglass on it. DS was so young so had the cast for 3 weeks I think it was. Hopefully she gets used to it quickly for you.

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    DS broke his arm last year. The cast wasn't waterproof. The outside fibreglass mesh probably is but the cotton underlay most certainly is not and water can get in under the cast through the gaps at either end (if you know what I mean - I'm not explaining it very well). We were told definitely don't get it wet for this reason. And be very careful to not get sand in there as that would cause sores. Not easy with a 5 year old but we got through it.

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    You can get these online. They are fully waterproof.

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    If it's just for showers then pop a tea towel over it then a good quality plastic bag with tape at the open end. Then try keep it out of the shower. Supper annoying but doable I promise.

    Usually upper limbs are in a POP for 4-6 weeks depending on the type of fracture (break) but most are just 4 weeks.

    Different places have different policies for waterproof plasters. I know where I work we don't put them on ever in the first place but at the 7-10 day appointment of you ask for it they often will but it's not standard.

    There is also products you can buy that go over the plaster that vacuum seal it but the place I knew that did it went bust so not sure where you can get it from.

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    Oh and the fibreglass (waterproof) ones are much stiffer so much more likely to dig in and cause sores so I would personally go for the standard unless she is a swimmer in squad training or you have a pool at home and are going to struggle to keep her out

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    Thanks all. Good advice

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    If its an above elbow cast we were told they don't use waterproof casts as the water can pool at the elbow and end up with infection. MybDD managed to break her arm one day and smash herb finger the next tight before we were going to bali. I got these vacume cover things that were fully waterproof. She was at water parks in the surf and not a problem. They were $50 each and saved our holiday.


 

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