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Medicines or fluids may be given through an intravenous (IV) tube inserted into a vein. The IV is most often placed in the back of your child's hand, on the forearm, or on the inside of the elbow.
When the IV is in place, medicines or fluids can go quickly into your child's bloodstream and into the rest of the body.
If your child had an IV while he or she was in the hospital, the area where it was placed may be tender or have a small bruise for a while.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and 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.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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