Nappy changes with a cast

At the best of times, changing your child's nappy is challenging. Most parents can tell at least one 'nappy explosion' story.

When a child is stuck in cast for weeks on end, such as during certain treatment methods for hip dysplasia, nappy explosions need to be avoided at all costs.

Spica or Broomstick casts, used in the treatment of hip dysplasia, can be a nightmare to keep clean and dry for the length of time they are needed. Even though your child isn't able to wriggle away from you, the opening for the nappy is surprising small, so one challenge is replaced by another.

The following handout provides some ideas from other parents, who've had personal experience managing nappy changes with a cast.


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