Your Child's recovery
Activity: your child should refrain from engaging in vigorous physical activity for the next 24 hours. I encourage parents to keep their child on the couch, in front of a TV, or busy with books/video games during this time. If your child is feeling nauseas, be cautious with TV or video games as these activities can exacerbate nausea and vomiting.
Hydration: please keep your child well hydrated over the next 24 hours. Start basic – clear fluids. This will aid in your child’s recovery and prevent dehydration.
Oral Hygiene: avoid brushing or flossing your child’s teeth for the next 24 hours. Your child’s mouth is healing, and aggressive brushing or tangy toothpaste will likely make him or her more upset.
Pain Control: your child may have received pain medication similar to Advil through their IV. This, in addition to local anesthesia, will keep your child comfortable in the immediate post-operative period. Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen) and Tylenol (acetaminophen) are typically adequate for pain control into the evening. Please follow the nurses’ recommendation to ensure that you are timing these medications appropriately.