The bummer about breaking a bone in the summer is that the casts are usually not waterproof. As I already mentioned, I do not know which circumstances make you eligible for a waterproof cast. I asked for one and they looked at me like I was crazy. We had 3 mini-vacations during the month following the break that all involved swimming pools and beaches so I wasn’t sure what to do. I ultimately bought a cast protector for swimming and baths.
The Waterproof Cast Cover I Bought
After doing some research, I bought the Dry Pro waterproof cast cover, because it was the only one I could find with an allowance for swimming (I’m sure there are others that I just didn’t see online). It arrived within about 3 days of me placing the order. Until it arrived, I was pulling my hair out using the unreliable multiple plastic bags and rubber band method in the shower.
As you can see, the Dry Corp waterproof cast cover is basically a giant rubber blue arm that suctions tightly to the skin several inches or so above the end of the cast. You put the cast cover on the arm (it takes a bit of effort) and suction the air out with a little balloon via the white valve that is visible in the post photo. It is very tight so you are not supposed to wear it for more than 45 minutes at a time. I would even say less is better. My daughter never complained about this waterproof cast protector, probably because she knew there was no swimming with a cast without it.
Does This Cast Cover Work?
Though on Dry Corp’s website there are children wearing the cast cover on the beach, I did not allow my daughter on the beach with it. There are too many ways that sand could creep into the cast cover and, therefore, down into her cast. The only solution I could think of was to put it on before we got to the beach and leave it on until she bathed completely. That left about 10 minutes or so we could actually be at the beach which wasn’t worth it. Also, if my daughter played with pool toys like kick boards or inner tubes, the top of the waterproof cast cover rolled down and let water seep in. On occasion, I also found water seeping in through the valve where you suction the air out. There was never enough water to damage the cast, but it was moist and something to be aware of.
I would say the cast cover isn’t totally waterproof, but in our case it was enough to get by and not let a broken bone ruin vacation plans. If your child can be careful while swimming with a cast, this may be a solution for you. It definitely helped us bathe and I’m just not sure what I would have done without it. For us, it was worth the money.
The also make waterproof cast covers in adult sizes. And if you live in San Diego, read my post about breaking a bone after hours.