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.
Your health care provider will tell you when it is ok for your child to return to school or daycare. This may be as soon as 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Your child's activity restrictions will depend on:
- The type of surgery (open or laparoscopic)
- Your child's age
- The reason for the operation
Ask your doctor about specific activity instructions and limitations.
In general, walking and climbing stairs is ok. Swimming is ok after the strips of tape have fallen off your child's incisions, and the doctor says it is ok.
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.