If your child is an infant, try not to let them cry for too long for the first 3 - 4 weeks. Help keep them calm by staying calm yourself. When lifting your child, support both their head and bottom for the first 4 - 6 weeks.
Toddlers and older children will often stop any activity if they become tired.
The doctor or nurse will tell you when it is okay for your child to return to school or daycare.
- Most often, the first few weeks after surgery should be a time to rest.
- After the first follow-up visit, the doctor will tell you what the child can do.
For the first 4 weeks after surgery, your child should not do any activity where there is a chance they could fall or take a blow to the chest. Your child also should avoid bicycle or skateboard riding, roller skating, swimming, and all contact sports until the child's doctor says it's okay.
If your child has an incision through the breastbone, you must be careful how they use their arms and upper body for the first 6 - 8 weeks:
- Do not pull or lift the child by their arms. Scoop them up instead.
- Your child should not do any activities that involve pulling or pushing their arms.
- Try to keep your child from lifting their arms above their head.
- Your child should not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.