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Will my child's behavior change after surgery?

Will my child's behavior change after surgery?

Sometimes: The whole situation may lead to psychological trauma similar to or in fact, post traumatic stress disorder.The cause is usually the stress, not the mechanics of the surgery.Watch for behavioral changes and discuss with your pediatrician if concerned. ...Read more

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Do I need to keep my child's bandage dry after surgery?

Do I need to keep my child's bandage dry after surgery?

Yes: You should have received specific written instructions about the wound from your surgeon, but in general all bandages and new incisions should be kept dry until healing has progressed enough in the wound to block out bacteria. Bandages should be changed if they are wet or soiled. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with young children and surgery?

What risks are associated with young children and surgery?

See below: These are essentially the same as those for adults. The difference is that the child has a smaller reserve in cases of over sedation. These risks can be minimized by using trained pediatric providers. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child needs pain medication after surgery?

How can I tell if my child needs pain medication after surgery?

Look at the kid..: Verbally or, more importantly non-verbally, your kid will communicate if in pain. Or take advice of the professional (doc, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) that knows your child the best, or has done the surgery. Then what medication, what dose, what frequency, what adverse affects to watch for are all guided by medical personnel, and generally should be written instructions. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a surgery that can make it impossible to have kids?

Help! need to know if there's a surgery that can make it impossible to have kids?

Several available: Removing the uterus, tying the tubes, ablation of the uterine wall and vasectomy all are surgical procedures that can prevent pregnancy. No equipment= no babies. ...Read more

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Does my child need to have surgery for his PDA if the initial medications didn't work?

Does my child need to have surgery for his PDA if the initial medications didn't work?

Maybe: The fact that you say medication didn't work makes me assume your child is in the nicu. In this setting the PDA usually has an impact on the baby's ability to breath so the PDA needs to be dealt with. In older children pda's can be closed non-surgically in the catheterization lab, but if your baby is very small this option is not available and tying off the PDA at bedside can usually be done. ...Read more

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6wga diagnosis with chiari1 years ago. Surgery not recommended. Must i worry about anasthesias for delivery? Will my child have this? I'm very concerned.

6wga diagnosis with chiari1 years ago. Surgery not recommended. Must i worry about anasthesias for delivery? Will my child have this? I'm very concerned.

Deep breaths: It is normal to worry while pregnant. I already am confident you'll be a great mom! you'll have a few ultrasounds during your pregnancy to check on the baby. Keep all of your prenatal checkups. Delivery is a ways off and we can talk closer to that time. Right now, you are to focus on your nutrition and avoidance of smoking, alcohol and drugs. ...Read more

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Can surgery help children with microcephaly?

Can surgery help children with microcephaly?

Microcephaly = small: head, head circumference for age & gender less than 5th %ile. Head growth reflects brain growth. Any genetic or other medical condition that disrupts fetal brain development from 3 wks. after conception- term can cause congenital microcephaly. Any medical condition that damages an infant or child's brain or genetic cause of degeneration or slow velocity of growth can cause acquired microcephaly. ...Read more

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Can a child die from pain meds after surgery?

Can a child die from pain meds after surgery?

Yes: A child, or an adult, can die from an overdose of pain medicines before surgery, after surgery, or having nothing to do with surgery. However, if a child has been properly prescribed pain medications by a competent physician, and you are giving the prescribed amount at the prescribed interval, then the risk is almost nonexistent. ...Read more

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Is it true that surgery can help a child with microcephaly?

Is it true that surgery can help a child with microcephaly?

No: The growth of the skull will reflect the amount of content it has to cover.It grows to 95% of its adult size by age 9, reflecting the gradual increase in brain mass. There is no evidence that creating a bigger skull through surgery would result in brain growth.It would just increase the amount of empty space inside. ...Read more

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