Plasters and Casts

Emergency Department, Garrett Anderson Centre

Telephone: 01473 702035 or 702036


Instructions for patients after application of plaster of Paris

  • If your child’s fingers or toes become swollen, painful, blue or cold, telephone or take him or her to the Emergency Department at once.
  • Elevate the limb for the first 24 hours but do not let your child sleep in the sling provided.
  • Encourage your child to keep all joints not enclosed in the plaster moving freely- especially fingers and toes.
  • If the plaster is uncomfortable through being too tight, too loose or from rubbing, or becort1es cracked or broken, telephone or bring your child to the Emergency Department.
  • Do not get the plaster wet.
  • Tell your child not to walk on their leg plaster until they have been told to do so.
  • Encourage your child to move their toes and/ or fingers and tighten their muscles inside the plaster.
  • Your child should use crutches as instructed.
  • Do not let your child put anything down the plaster.
  • Make sure your child attends their fracture Clinic appointment.
  • Continue to give them paracetamol (Calpol), every 4-6 hours, a maximum of four times a day, and ibuprofen, every 6-8 hours, a maximum of three times a day, if necessary.

If you are concerned, please return to the Emergency Department.