Spica Cast Advice

What to expect (and how to cope) when your child with
congenital hip dysplasia is placed in a spica cast.

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Strollers & Carriers

One think you often don't learn until you lave the hospital, is that spica casts can weight several pounds (depending on the cast and the age of your child). Regardless, you child will not be heavier and more difficult/awkward to transport around.

Therefore, having a few different traveling options makes a word of difference both inside and outside the house.

Stollers

Which stroller works for you very much depends on the type of spica cast that your child has. Just like with the car seats, the challenge with strollers is to find one that doesn't have very rigid or otherwise built-out side walls or arm rests.

Given that our daughter's legs are raised and only separated by approximately 150 degrees, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our UppaBaby G-Luxe stroller could accomdate her without any need for pillows of elongated straps.

As a general rule of thumb, many people find that inexpensive umbrella strollers (the type you find at Target) will sometimes work because of their general purpose structure. This might be good for around the house, but we found these strollers to be very flimsy and not necessarily safe for outdoor use.

Carriers

All agree that the ubiquitous BabyBjorn carriers DO NOT work with spica casts given the small leg openings. However, the ErgoBaby carriers (especially the ErgoBaby Sport) do an excellent job accomodating children in spica casts because they have wide open side panels. We own the sport carriers and are very pleased with it, however it only will allow for her to sit facing Mom/Dad.

While we have read that most of the general purpose slings can be fashion to secure a child in a spica cast, we have not confirmed this ourselves.