Waterproof Casts for Kids and Adults
The traditional cast on a broken bone is a rite of passage for many kids. While many things in medicine have changed greatly over the years, the way that casts are made has remained relatively unchanged. The inner layer of the cast is made from a soft bandage, while the outer layer is made of a hard substance that prevents the bone from moving while it heals. Though this setup works fine for immobilizing and stabilizing a bone, having a cast makes bathing difficult as traditional cast materials cannot get wet. Since the cast cannot get wet, it is difficult to clean the body part where the cast is located. This often results in a foul odor and itching. The bad smell of a cast is one of the things that most adults remember most vividly about having a cast.
Waterproof Cast Technology
For years there have been attempts to create covers and other products to make traditional casts waterproof. The good news is that new materials are now available for making waterproof casts for kids and adults. Both inner bandages and outer coverings are now made in waterproof materials. These new materials allow kids and adults who are wearing a waterproof leg cast to shower, bathe and otherwise live a more normal life while still protecting a broken bone while it heals. By being able to fully bathe with a cast helps to keep the skin clean and odor free.
Though the materials used to make waterproof casts for broken arms have been on the market for a few years, there has never been a lot of scientific study of the effectiveness of the material in helping bones to heal. However, recent studies have shown that these newer casting materials are as effective as the older materials. In fact, the newer materials may provide a more stable environment for bones to heal as older casting material may become soft or deformed by accidental water exposure. Testing also showed that the odor emitted from a waterproof cast was less than the amount of odor emitted from a traditional cast. For more information about this study, please visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3593019/.
With the newest materials being used to make waterproof, the chore of wearing a cast will not be as bad for future generations as it has been in the past. Though having a cast will always present a level of discomfort and restriction of movement, the waterproof cast for everyone is a big step forward.
For more information, please contact the team at AquaCast Liner today or talk with your doctor about the use and advantages of a waterproof cast for your injury.