Post-Op Instructions

What should I expect after surgery?

  • there may be bleeding from the mouth if teeth have been removed
  • your child may nausea and vomiting may occur
  • your child may experience discomfort in the mouth, jaw or neck
  • there may be a slight rise in temperature for 24 hours
  • your child may be sleep for several hours after returning home

Activity and Care

Rest and quiet activities are important after surgery. Your child may be unsteady for a while due to the medication given. It is important to closely supervise any activity for the remainder of the day. Limit the day to indoor activities.


Begin you child’s diet with clear liquids such as apple juice, Gatorade or water. You may increase the diet slowly to include milk and soft foods.
Advance to a regular diet as tolerated. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.


Children's Acetaminophen products (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may be given every 4-6 hours to help relieve pain and fever as needed.

Call the Doctor

  • If vomiting persists
  • If temperature remains elevated beyond 24 hours
  • If there is difficulty breathing
  • If unable to control pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or any other prescribed medication.
  • If any other matter causes you concern.

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