DO NOT shower or shampoo your child's head until the stitches and staples have been taken out. Give your child a sponge bath instead. The wound should not soak in water until the skin is completely healed.
DO NOT push on the part of the shunt that you can feel or see underneath your child’s skin behind the ear.
Your child should be able to eat normal foods after going home, unless the health care provider tells you otherwise.
Your child should be able to do most activities:
- If you have a baby, handle your baby the way you would normally. It is okay to bounce your baby.
- Older children can do most regular activities. Talk with your doctor about contact sports.
- Most of the time, your child may sleep in any position but check this with your provider as each person is different.
Your child may have some pain. Children under 4 years old may take acetaminophen (Tylenol). Children age 4 and older may be prescribed stronger pain medicines, if needed. Follow your provider's instructions or instructions on the medicine container, about how much medicine to give your child.