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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Splints and Casts

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: April 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What are splints and casts?

Why does my child need one?

What are the risks?
After a cast or splint is put on, watch for signs that there may be a problem. Sometimes, the cast does not fit right. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

How is it put on?
Splints and casts are put on by a doctor or other trained assistant. Your child may need X-rays first.

Splints
Casts

How is it taken off?

Is it painful?

What care will my child need?

How do we care for it?

When should I call the doctor?

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