After your child's surgery or procedure, your child's nurse will talk to you about the care they will need at home. There will be special instructions to follow during the immediate recovery period.
It is important that you ask your nurse or other care providers for the information you need to feel comfortable in caring for your child at home. If they need special home care equipment or home nursing, your child's nurse will help you arrange it.
People to Talk to Before You Go Home
Before your child goes home, plan to talk to:
- Your child's nurse about activity levels for your child, how to care for them at home, and medications, therapies or follow-up appointments
- Your child's teacher about homework assignments and returning to school
- The school nurse about your child’s condition and healthcare needs, and any necessary steps to take to arrange for returning to school
- Your child care provider about your child’s condition and returning to a care schedule
- Your friends and family about help you may need, such as care after returning home or help with transportation home
Changes in Your Child's Behavior
You may notice changes in your child's behavior when they return home after their surgery. These might include changes in sleep patterns or fear of being away from you.
Your child may also show behavior associated with an earlier stage of child development, such as thumb-sucking, temper tantrums or changes in toilet training. These are usually temporary.
Encourage your child to talk about their surgery/procedure and reassure them that having surgery can be upsetting. If changes in behavior continue for six weeks or more, please talk to your child's doctor.