Bathing & Hair Washing
Sponge bathe your child only. Do not use a tub to shower or bathe. Wash all of his skin not covered by the cast with soap and water every day. It is important not to get your child’s cast wet. Protect the cast with towels during the sponge bath.
If your child is small enough, you may be able to wash their hair by laying them on the kitchen counter. Hang their head over into the sink, using towels for comfort and to keep the cast dry. You can use a shampoo basin or inflatable sink with older children in bed. These are sold at some drugstores or medical equipment dealers.
If a plaster cast gets wet and soft, call your child’s caregiver. Sometimes you can dry the wet part of a plaster cast using a hair dryer set on cool. A wet fiberglass cast can also be dried using a hair dryer set on cool. If your child has a pantaloon protective liner, please follow the hip spica care instructions and make sure that contaminants are not introduced into the cast, including oils, oil based lotions, powders, sand, dirt, grease or solvents.