Home Care for Children Having Dental Rehabilitation
Your child may feel sleepy for the next 24 hours after general anesthesia. Please do not leave the child alone. Children should rest at home, but may be up and about. Don’t let your child do any hard playing or anything that needs quick reflexes for 24 hours. After 24 hours the child can play as always. Begin brushing teeth tomorrow.
There may be some nausea and vomiting but this should last a short time. If your child does vomit, wait about 30 minutes before giving liquids such as water or clear juice. If there is no nausea, move slowly to a regular diet. Start with clear liquids and stay away from fatty food and dairy products.
Bleeding: The child will likely have bleeding around the gums after cleanings, fillings, crowns or extractions. This should stop within a couple of days. Unusual or constant bleeding might happen if teeth were removed. Place cotton gauze or a tea bag firmly over the extraction area. Have the child bite down or hold it in place for 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary and call your dental clinic if bleeding continues.
Pain: A child may or may not feel sore. Your child may have a sore throat after anesthesia for 24-48 hours. You may give Children’s Tylenol® (acetaminophen) or Motrin® or Advil® (Ibuprofen) if necessary. Warm salt water rinses (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup warm water), 2-3 times a day, should follow a cleaning for 2-3 days.
Fever: A low-grade fever, 99-100° F, is normal. If the fever continues over 101.5° for 24 hours please call your primary care provider or urgent care.
Care of the Mouth after Extractions
Watch your child closely for about 2 hours following the appointment. It is good to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
• Do not let the child scratch, chew, or suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek
while they feel numb or asleep. The child should be watched closely so
he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia
• Do not let the child rinse the mouth for several hours
• Do not let the child spit excessively.
• Do not let the child drink carbonated beverages (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for the
rest of the day
• Do not let the child drink through a straw for 24 hours
• Keep the child’s fingers and tongue away from the extraction area
Children’s Dental Center of Madison
Dr. Tim Kinzel 608-833-6545
Dr. Allison Dowd 608-288-1543
Dr. Tony Hernandez 608-825-7500
Madison Pediatric Dental
Dr Wilson 608-222-6160 or 608-345-6160
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Last Updated: 03/05/2013
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