CARE AND USE OF YOUR DEVICE
Your doctor has prescribed a Femoral Fracture Brace for the treatment of your child’s femur fracture. Traditionally, these injuries are treated in a Hip Spica cast, which do not allow for dressing changes, positional movement (such as sitting), or easy toiletry. Your child’s Femoral Fracture Brace will allow for these, and also for adjustable compression over the fracture site, meaning it will not loosen over the course of the treatment period as a traditional cast would.
Your child’s Fracture Brace should be treated like a cast for the first two (2) weeks or until otherwise specified by his or her orthopedic doctor. This means it should stay on at all times. The waist section can be unfastened to allow diaper or underwear changes.
Upon your child’s doctor’s instructions, the brace may be repositioned to allow some degree of movement at the hip.
Your child’s Femoral Fracture Brace:
- Has a waist section which can be opened to allow for diaper or underwear changes
- Has a tongue over the thigh which should be tightened down as your child’s swelling decreases, in order to maintain constant compression on the fracture site
- May be cleaned with a washcloth and warm water and may be disinfected with rubbing alcohol or mild antibacterial wipes. Harsh cleaners like bleach are not recommended due to the brace’s contact with your child’s skin
- Should be worn full-time for the prescribed amount of time (generally six (6) weeks or as otherwise directed by your child’s doctor)
While using the Femoral Fracture Brace:
- Always wear the brace tightly—especially over the thigh—to maintain constant compression
- Only sponge bathe your child; do not take showers or submersive baths, unless otherwise instructed by your child’s doctor
- If indicated, elevate your child’s leg by placing a pillow or blanket under your child’s calf. Do not prop directly under the heel to keep your child’s leg elevated; even soft material will cause a sore to form if the back of the heel is resting on a surface. Your child’s heel should be suspended in the air when the leg is elevated, not resting on the supporting pillow or blanket.
Always wear a sock underneath the brace. This will prevent skin breakdown and improve overall hygiene during your child’s time in the brace. DO NOT PUT ANY GEL, CREAM, OR LOTION ON THE SKIN UNDER THE SOCK. THIS WILL SOFTEN THE SKIN AND CAUSE SKIN BREAKDOWN.