How to Wrap up a Cast to Swim

by Lindsay Howell, Demand Media

    Summer vacation often means swimming in pools and taking trips to the beach. If you or your child is wearing a cast, it can put a damper on these activities. You need to keep casts completely dry when showering or swimming, since water causes the cast to disintegrate. If water gets inside the cast, you increase your risk of infection if you have a wound that hasn't yet closed. Water in the cast can also cause it to itch and smell. You don't have to confine yourself or your child to the sidelines when it comes to water-related activities if you take some precautionary measures.

    Step 1

    Buy triple-ply plastic bags; you want the plastic to be thick enough so that it won't tear easily.

    Step 2

    Open the plastic bag and put the casted limb inside. Wrap the plastic around the limb securely, so the bag doesn't billow. Wrap a piece of duct tape around the middle of the cast to hold the bag in place.

    Step 3

    Wrap a strip of duct tape around the bag at the top of the cast several times to help create a seal around the cast.

    Step 4

    Wrap another plastic bag around the first plastic bag. Tape it securely in place. Wrap another piece of duct tape around the top of the bag; make a double seal will help keep any water out of the cast.

    Tips & Warnings

    • You can also purchase a waterproof cast cover to create a seal around the cast to keep water out.
    • Limit swimming time to 15-minute sessions. Check the cast to make sure that no water has leaked into the plastic bags.

    About the Author

    Lindsay Howell has been writing since 2003. Her works have been featured in "Bittersweet," her campus literary magazine. Howell has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Frostburg State University.

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