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    Spica cast help

    I have a friend whose 22 month old broke his femur and is in a spica cast. It has the bar connecting the two legs and is 1 1/2 legs. They couldn't get him in his car seat for the drive home from the hospital and ended up just holding him. Do you have any recommendations? The hospital did not offer any solutions.

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    Re: Spica cast help

    When Levi broke his femur last year our hospital was also totally unhelpful. I used the safe kids website to find a special needs tech in my state. I called around and found one that had a Britax Hippo that was willing to loan it to me and she actually drove hours from her home town to bring it to me at my house and fit Levi in it.


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    Re: Spica cast help

    Depending on how the cast is set, he **might** also fit in a Radian (if a Hippo seat cannot be located).


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    Re: Spica cast help

    What seats do they have available to them?
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    She has a radian, maybe she will be able to make it work. They were traveling when it happened so they are not home, but in a different state.

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    Re: Spica cast help

    The Radian will work well shape-wise, but keep in mind that no seat will fit him sitting flush with the shell and that's OK. Pad the gaps and the edge of the cast at his back so he's supported enough not to get pressure sores or rub burns.

    The failing of the Radian for casted kids is that the harness may not be long enough. It takes up a ton of extra harness across the thighs to get around the cast. If the child+cast weighs little enough to use the safe stop, you have a much better chance of it working.

    If they need to buy a seat, I have the most success with the Triumph and casts. The Foonf has the longest harness of any seat according to a thread where I requested people measure, followed by the Complete Air and the Nextfit.
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    She was able to get him buckled into the Radian for the drive home. I'm not sure how well padded they have him but I'll mention it to her. Hopefully this will work well enough to get him through his time in the cast.

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    Re: Spica cast help

    Diono also sells a longer harness, if that helps at all. (Or they at least did. I can't find it on the website right now, but that probably means that it's out of stock.)

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