A hip spica cast is also called a body cast. The cast is a hard splint that completely encloses your child’s hips and legs in the best position for healing. It prevents the hips and femurs (thigh bones) from moving. The spica cast can be made out of plaster or fiberglass. A bar often attaches the legs of the cast to keep them in place.
Most often, a hip spica cast is used to correct hip problems in infants. The cast may also be used if your child has a broken thigh bone.
A hip spica cast starts at the chest and usually goes all the way down one or both legs. A cast may stop at the knee if the problem is a broken bone. Your healthcare provider will decide which type of spica cast will work best for your child.
Children often need to be in spica casts for 8 weeks or longer. Sometimes the cast may be changed by a healthcare provider. Taking a child out of a spica before the bones of the leg or hip are healed may disrupt the healing process. Replacing a spica cast may not be possible. It is very, very important to keep the cast dry.
Keep the cast dry
Check your child’s skin
Keep your child comfortable
Call your child’s healthcare provider if: