Fracture wrist is very common in children. Distal radius fractures are one of the most commonly seen fractures in children. Traditionally, minimally angulated or non-displaced distal radius fractures are treated with short or long-arm cast immobilization for up to 8 weeks. The traditional fiberglass casts used must be kept dry to prevent inflammation and potential infection. If a fiberglass cast gets wet, it must be removed and replaced. In general, waterproof casting has been shown to improve patient comfort and overall satisfaction.
Why Fracture Wrist Waterproof cast?
Casts are made up of two layers—a soft inner layer, and a hard outer shell (which used to be made of plaster and now is typically made of fiberglass). The secret to waterproof casts is in the first layer—the one that comes in direct contact with the skin. That material is made of a special material that doesn’t absorb water. Waterproof casts offer all the benefits of traditional casting plus some additional benefits of being waterproof:
–> Waterproof casts don’t harbor mildew and bacteria the way traditional casts do. (Note: This also means they’re generally not as stinky as traditional casts!)
–> They’re durable. Oftentimes a child in a cast can return to playing certain sports while wearing the cast.
–> Because the child can bathe regularly, he or she stays cleaner, and so does the cast.
–> The casts dry quickly.
–> No prep time is needed before bathing or showering, since it’s not necessary to cover the cast to keep it from getting wet.
In addition to waterproof casts being great in the summer, we have discovered they also work really well in the winter, because it’s so easy for kids to take baths and showers with them on. We now use them almost exclusively because of that.
There are a few cases in which we don’t apply waterproof casts. One is when open skin wounds are present at the area that needs to be casted. (In this case, we try splinting the fracture for a bit longer; once the wounds are healed, then we put on the cast.) And we use traditional casts on patients who have had a prior allergy to waterproof casting material.
Call or Whastpp Us at 64762106 for an appointment with our Wrist Specialist for fracture wrist waterproof cast Singapore.