Top 5 benefits of looking after a child in a hip spica cast

Top 5 benefits of looking after a child in a hip spica cast


You’re either reading this out of curiosity or you may have a child in a hip spica or one soon to go into one.  I can personally think of loads of downsides of Harper being in a hip spica cast.  So instead I’m writing a top 5 reasons of positives for parents with children in hip spicas. Please note this is supposed to be a light-hearted post and view points are my own.  I realise not all parents will feel the same way.

1.Nappy Changes

Sorry Harper, no more rolling with the strength of an ox whilst i try to struggle to put a nappy on you.  Nappy changes in a hip spica come with their own set of challenges, but I really don’t miss the struggle of putting a nappy on a moving child.  Or worse, Harper rolls over during mid poo clean up and sends shit everywhere.  Also bonus, Harper cannot reach down into her nappy area whilst i clean her up!

2.Feeding times

Feeding times just got a bit easier in our house.  I now don’t have to clean up a shit tonne of spaghetti off the floor at mealtimes.  This is because I currently wont let Harper feed herself really messy meals as I know she will just find a way to shove them down her cast (and I don’t want the hospital to find mouldy food down there when they take it off!).

3.Only one set of eyes required

I no longer need eyes in the back of my head.  Harper is currently stuck in one position.  I always know where she is and she can’t be off up to mischief destroying  Lego millenium Falcons and the like.  The other benefit to her being temporary immobile is that she can’t shove stupid tiny little toys that her 3 year sister has left on the floor in her mouth.

4.Easy parking

Children in a hip spica are entitled to a blue badge.  This is because the hip spica is classed as bulky medical equipment.  I am crap at parking. Disabled bays make parking easier plus there is enough room to get Harper in and out the car. It’s a win-win situation in my eyes!  On a side note we didn’t apply for a blue badge in the end as I’m lazy and on the days I have Chase with me we can use his blue badge instead.

5.It’s temporaray

Finally the main positive about Harper being in a hip spica and the one i remind myself of everyday. Hip spicas are a temporary thing, even if she needs further surgery’s down the line.  The hip spica cast wont always be needed so Harper wont always require extra care.  Chances are the surgery will work and she will lead a hip problem free life.  Even in a worst case scenario of the surgery not working I’m pretty sure Harper would still lead a very active life.  Already living with a child with severe disabilities makes this point easy for me to see.  I believe it’s the number one thing to remind yourself of on a daily basis if you’re also undergoing hip spica treatment for your child.

If you’ve been through hip spica treatment with your child did you find any other positives during the treatment to help get you through?  If so comment below!




  1. Amanda
    February 9, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Lucy had the bar between the legs on her cast and found this really helpful to life her bum up when changing nappies 😀

    • February 9, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      bet it did make lifting the weight of the case up easier too!😊

  2. Laura Mcloughlin
    February 9, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    A wonderful blog…. I too always tried to focus on the positives! My little ones spica cast actually helped her to sleep better, we get less sleep now she can crawl/roll around and pull her self up shouting ‘ma ma’ 😂😂 good luck to Harper! X

    • February 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Wow that’s a huge benefit of its improved her sleep, fantastic!

  3. February 9, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I’m glad that you’ve managed to find plenty of positives – and they’re all pretty big positives! I’m sure you won’t miss trying to find enough hands to hold her legs, wipe the poop away and keep her hands out of it all at the same time!
    Does the hip spica bother her or does she seem quite happy?

    • February 9, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      It bothers her a little, I don’t think she finds it uncomfortable, I think she just doesn’t like the restrictions on her mobility

  4. February 9, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    By default, I found my daughter became much more observant and I’m sure this has helped with her social skills, concentration and intellectual development. Hip spica babies have tons of energy but little physical outlet, I’m convinced they channel this into brain development (or I could be very biased!!)

    • February 9, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      I do think their must be some truth into the idea that if your unable to to do something then your brain will develop itself around it!

  5. Amanda
    May 12, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    A huge benefit to us was it brought Morgans speech on. He was coming up2 when he had his and he quickly learned to tell us what he wanted/ needed xx

    • May 12, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      That’s amazing! I do feel like Harper’s speech is more developed than her older sisters and wonder if it’s because she’s had more time to concentrate on it instead of her physical abilities!

  6. Cara
    December 28, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Thank you, thank you for these blogs! So helpful to not feel alone in this.

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