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Your child has had surgery to repair a weak spot in the belly muscles (hernia). This weak spot could allow a piece of the intestines or the tissue around them to poke through. Surgery may also be done to prevent a hernia from happening.
Your child is likely to have pain for the next few days. Some children also feel tired and have less energy than normal. This is common.
Your child should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in 7 days. For several weeks your child may feel discomfort or pulling in the hernia repair when your child moves.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
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 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call 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.
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Kahrilas MD - Gastroenterology
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