Your child may have been given a mix of sedatives (medicine to help your child relax) and analgesics (medicine to help with pain) when he or she had the procedure or surgery.
The relaxing and pain relieving effects of the medicines may last up to 24 hours. Your child may have some pain after the procedure when the medicines wear off. Ask your child about his or her pain. Pain medicines work better if your child takes them before the pain gets bad.
Side effects of the medicines may include:
Your child may have nightmares or not sleep for up to 24 hours. Sitting with your child in a quiet, dark room may help them sleep. Your child might not be steady when walking for up to 2 hours after the procedure.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments. Call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results, and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
In the first 2 hours after the procedure, only give your child clear fluids (e.g., water).
If your child does not throw up, you can start giving soft foods (e.g., bananas or yogurt), then a normal diet when he or she feels ready. If your child's stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, toast, yogurt, and boiled chicken.
Have your child drink plenty of fluids, enough so that his or her urine is light yellow or clear like water. If your child has to limit fluids because of a health problem, talk with your doctor before you increase how much your child drinks.
If you think the pain medicine is making your child sick to his or her stomach:
If the doctor prescribed antibiotics for your child, give them as directed. Do not stop using them just because your child feels better. Your child needs to take the full course of antibiotics.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
Current as of: January 19, 2017
Author: Anesthesiology, Alberta Health Services