The epidural will remain in place in your child for a few days after their surgery. We will always remove the epidural tubing before releasing your child to go home.
Note that while the injection is normally enough to control your child’s pain, some children may require other types of pain medicine once we remove the tube. Your nurse or doctor will explain the type of pain medication prescribed and demonstrate how to administer it.
Once your child has fully recovered from surgery, they will be allowed to go home. Once we remove the epidural, our surgical team will watch your child closely to monitor their level of pain and make sure it’s tolerable. If we don’t see a running fever and they are eating and drinking, they can be discharged. Children who require additional pain medicine must be able to take it orally before going home.
If you notice any adverse side effects once your child is home, reach out to our team. We can guide you on next steps and provide additional treatment if needed. If any of the following symptoms occur, contact us immediately:
- Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Increased abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Also, monitor the site of their surgical incision closely. If it appears to be red, inflamed or draining fluid, call your doctor as soon as possible to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Beaumont Children’s provides expert-level medical care to everyone in your family, including the smallest members. Our network includes 400 pediatricians and 100 specialists, who are highly trained in almost every medical and surgical pediatric sub-specialty.