Children’s and Young People’s Surgical Day Unit
It is very important that you follow the instructions below if your child has had a general anaesthetic so that you can keep them safe until the effects of their anaesthetic have worn off. This can take up to 24 hours.
To help prevent infection your child should practice good oral hygiene. Tooth brushing can start the day after surgery. Brush gently around the surgical area with a soft tooth brush.
Your child should also avoid mouth rinsing until the day after surgery as this could start fresh bleeding. Any prescribed mouth wash can be started at this time.
Do not give your child very hot or very cold drinks.
There may be some bleeding after the surgery. If bleeding occurs place a clean, damp pack or handkerchief over the bleeding point and apply pressure. This may be painful, but a clot should form and the bleeding should stop within 5 to 10 minutes.
If you are continuing to have problems, please contact the hospital on the numbers below.
Nausea and vomiting
Swallowing blood can make people feel sick, or vomit. Young children tend to swallow the blood rather than spit it out. If your child vomits after discharge this will probably be the reason why. Do not worry if the vomit contains some blood.
Your child may have had local anaesthetic into the mouth for pain relief. This will last a few hours. It is important to give medication by mouth, if due, before this wears off. We advise regular pain relief medication for the first few days following the operation.
Please follow the instructions on the bottle and DO NOT give your child more than the stated doses.
After oral surgery there is sometimes swelling and stiffness of the jaw, this is normal. It may not appear for 24 to 48 hours and can take 7 to 10 days to subside.
If antibiotics are prescribed by the hospital, you must ensure you take the full course. If your child develops symptoms of an allergy, such as a rash, or sickness, please seek advice as soon as possible from the ward or your GP.
If an Allergic Reaction occurs please dial 999 or attend your nearest Accident and Emergency Department to seek urgent medical advice.
Who can I contact for advice?
Telephone: 01642 854522 (24 hours)
Children’s Day Unit – Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
Telephone: 01609 763023
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