Caring for Your Child after Excision of a Mass or Lump
- The time your child will have to take off school will depend on the size and site of the mass or lump.
- Plan things that do not require a lot of strenuous activity.
- Your child will most likely go home the same day.
- Your child may shower. Avoid soaking the incision in water (no tub baths or swimming).
- Wear loose fitting clothing for a few days.
- Plan for rest, but your child should move around the house as much as she can. She can return to her normal routine when she feels ready.
- There may be bruising at your child’s incision site.
- Check your child’s incision daily for signs of infection: increased redness or swelling, red or hot incision, foul smelling drainage, or a fever over 100.4°F.
- Plan to visit your child’s doctor in about one week.
When to Call the Doctor
- Fever over 100.4°F for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Excess swelling
- Increased redness at the site
- Abnormal drainage like bleeding or pus from incision
- Increase in pain
Your child’s doctor ________________________.
Pediatric Surgery Clinic, (608) 263-6420, 8:00 – 4:30, weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for pediatric surgery resident on-call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll free Hospital Number: (800) 323-8942
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Last Updated: 10/27/2011
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