If you or your child has to wear a cast after breaking an arm or a leg, you probably know how itchy it can get inside. When the dead skin gets trapped, since it can’t shed normally, it causes itching. Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent the itching (as well as itch!) without having to remove the cast to do it.
First, when you need to itch, use a knitting needle to get inside the cast and scratch. The needle is thin enough to slide inside the cast and rub the itchy area. Just be sure the knitting needle isn’t too small of a diameter, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally poking and breaking the skin.
To stop the itching, pour a small amount of baby powder inside the cast at one end. Then use a hair dryer on the cool setting to blow the baby powder inside the length of the cast to provide a non-sticky barrier between the cast and the skin.
If there is an actual rash, especially if it is accompanied with broken skin, always contact a doctor for advice, as it could be a sign of an underlying problem.
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