When should I call the doctor about my child's cast?

Michael E. Raemisch, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Call the doctor if your child’s cast is too tight or too loose. Check this every day. A cast that is too loose will not do its job. A cast that is too tight can decrease blood supply and cause damage to the nerves in the body part. Signs of decreased blood supply to the body part are:

   • numbness, tingling, or burning
   • change in skin color to bluish, or pale
   • cold to touch
   • swelling that is not relieved when you elevate the casted part
   • severe pain that is not relieved by medicine.

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