If your child is an infant, try not to let your baby cry for too long for the first 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Staying calm yourself will help your baby stay calm. When you lift your baby, support both the baby's head and bottom for the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Toddlers and older children will often stop any activity if they get tired. Do not press them to do more if they seem tired.
The doctor or nurse will tell you when it is okay for your child to return to school or daycare. This may be as soon as 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
For the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, your child should not do any activity during which there is a chance of falling. Your child also should not go bicycling, skateboarding, roller skating, play contact sports, or lift anything heavier than 3 pounds.
Climbing stairs is okay. Swimming is okay after the strips of tape have fallen off your child’s incisions, and the doctor says it is okay.
You can give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. The doctor may also prescribe other pain medicines to use at home if your child needs them.
Make sure your home is safe. For example, remove things, such as throw rugs, that might cause your child to trip and fall.