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What should I expect when my child’s cast is removed?

Roger Saldana, MD
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
When your child’s cast or splint is removed, the area may appear thin and your child may complain that it feels weak or stiff. This is because the muscles were not being used. The muscles will return to their normal strength and size with regular use. 
 
Your child’s skin also might look a bit different. It may be dry, scaly, flaky or pale and the hair that was underneath the cast might seem darker and thicker than usual. These changes are normal and will clear up fairly quickly. Your child’s skin may be a bit sensitive for a few days. Your child should not scrub or scratch the skin because it is still at risk for breakdown and infection. Instead, gently wash the area with mild soap and a soft cloth, pat dry and apply a little lotion. 

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