Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for your child after his procedure. Your child's caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. The treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your child's caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your child's procedure.



  • Your child should rest at home the day of the surgery.

  • Your child should limit activity for 2 to 3 days.

  • Your child may return to day care or school the following day or when he feels well (often within 2 to 3 days).

  • No bike riding or swimming for 1 week.

  • No contact sports or other strenuous activity until your child's caregiver says it is okay. 


  • Give your child pain medicine as directed.  

Incision Care

  • Keep the incision areas clean, dry, and protected while healing.

  • Place ointment on the incisions as directed, usually 2 to 3 times per day.

  • Replace the bandages (dressings) as directed. Replace the dressings if they get wet.


  • No soaking in a tub or pool for at least 5 days or until the incision area has healed.

  • Give your child sponge baths until soaking is allowed.

  • Your child may be able to take quick showers after 2 to 3 days. Ask your caregiver. 


  • Breastfeed or formula feed your infant on demand after he arrives home.

  • For older children, give only clear liquids for the first 3 to 4 hours at home.

  • For children over 12 months old, gradually add light foods after 3 to 4 hours. These foods include toast, crackers, applesauce, soup, cereal, bananas, and rice. Do not give your child greasy foods, such as pizza and fast food.

  • Offer your child healthy foods the next day.

Follow up with your child's caregiver as directed.


  • You notice bleeding, skin irritation, swelling, redness, or pain around the incision area.

  • You notice a smell or drainage coming from the incision area.

  • Your child feels sick to his or her stomach (nauseous) or is vomiting several hours after coming home.

  • Your child has diarrhea or constipation that does not improve.

  • Your child is having increasing pain.

  • You have questions or concerns.


  • Your child who is younger than 3 months develops a fever.

  • Your child who is older than 3 months has a fever or persistent symptoms for more than 72 hours.

  • Your child who is older than 3 months has a fever and symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • Your child's pain does not go away or becomes severe.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.