Generally, a hernia repair is day surgery. After the surgery, your child will be sent to the recovery area, and you can observe your child during he or she is waking up. Mostly, children go home when they are awake and able to take liquids after the surgery. If your child is a premature baby or has other health issues, your surgeon may keep the child in the hospital overnight to watch his or her breathing.
The child will have stitches to close the incision. The stitches are covered with either a small dressing or small pieces of tape, known as steri-strips.
Always clean your hands before you touch or clean the incision area. A little amount of blood staining the steri-strips is common, as long as the blood is dry and not spreading. But, if it is spreading or looks fresh (bright red in color). You should:
At the end of the surgery, a long-acting, numbing medication is given into the incision. Regular painkillers are given at a gap of 4 to 6 hours for the first 24 hours after the operation.
Food and drink
During the first 24 hours after the procedure, your child may feel nauseated or vomit which is normal. Give clear liquids initially and restart a normal diet when your child feels better.
Your child can bathe normally after 48 hours of surgery.
Let your child take proper rest for one or two days. After that, they can gradually restart their normal activities at their own pace.
A follow-up checkup is required after a month of surgery. Consult your doctor if you find any complications like red painful incision with tenderness, a high degree of fever and any secretions from the incision.
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