Wearing a hand splint helps your child use his hands and arms better. The type of splint and when it needs to be worn depends on your child’s needs. Some children will wear the splint only when they are awake and active. Others may wear a splint only at night. Splints can be soft and flexible or hard and rigid.
Your therapist will give your child a splint that is the exact size he needs. The therapist will also teach your child how to put on the splint and tell you when your child should wear it. Please look at the checked boxes in each section below to see when your child must wear the splint and how to care for it.
When to wear the splint
- Always wear the splint
- Wear the splint all the time, except during exercise and bathing
- Wear the splint at night
- Wear the splint during the day
- During the day, wear the splint for 4 hours in a row, and then leave it off for 4 hours in a row. Repeat this all day until going to bed. Do not wear the splint at night.
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How to care for the splint
- Clean the splint with soap and lukewarm water and scrub it with a small brush.
- Wash the velcro straps by hand with lukewarm, soapy water, and then let the splint air dry.
- Use rubbing alcohol to wipe down the inside of hard plastic splints to reduce odor.
- To keep your splint from melting or burning, keep it away from heat or flames. Do not leave it in a hot car, and do not put it near a water heater or a radiator.
Things to watch for
Your child’s splint should not cause pain or discomfort. Have your child stop wearing the splint and call the therapist right away if you see any of the following:
- Areas of redness, blisters or sores that do not go away within 20 minutes of taking off the splint
- Color change in the hand or arm, looking like the blood is not flowing well
- Stiffness, pain, or losing feeling in the hand or arm
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s splint, call Rehabilitation Services at 901-595-3621. If you are inside the hospital, dial 3621. If you are outside the Memphis Area, call toll-free 1-866-2ST JUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3621.
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.
St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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