Children’s and Young People’s Surgical Day Unit
This Information leaflet provides you with advice and guidance once your child is safe to be discharged home following realignment of a nasal fracture.
Following the operation your child’s nose may have:
- Blocked nose lasting 1 to 2 weeks due to swelling. This will resolve by itself.
- Bleeding from the nostrils for two to three days.
- Sore throat
- Your child may experience some discomfort for up to a week, please give pain relieving medicines as instructed when required
- Swelling and bruising will settle slowly over six weeks after the surgery
How can I help my child?
- It is really important your child avoids nose blowing and nose picking for two weeks to prevent bleeding
- Encourage your child to open their mouth if they think they are going to sneeze
- It is best your child stays away from anyone with a cold or infection
School, nursery and activities
- Children should be kept off school or nursery with adult supervision for one or two days
- Swimming and rough sports should be avoided for 6 weeks
- Normal activities can be started again as soon as your child feels ready
Your child will not normally be required to attend a follow up appointment. If the surgeon wishes to see your child an appointment will be arranged before your child goes home.
Who can I contact for advice?
- Children and Young People’s Surgical Day Unit
Monday to Friday – 7.30am until 19.00pm
Telephone: 01642 854927
Email: [email protected]
- Ward 22
Telephone: 01642 854522 (24 hours)
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.