Your child has had an abscess drained. This brochure explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help.
When to see a doctor
Call your child's doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child shows any of these symptoms:
- fever over 38°C (100.4°F)
- throwing up (vomiting) that does not stop
- severe pain at or near the drainage site
- bleeding or swelling around the drainage site
- significant discharge through the drainage site
- pale skin
- general weakness and feeling tired
Leave the dressing on for 24 hours before removing it. If the dressing gets wet or soiled before then, remove it and replace it with a clean Band-Aid®.
Your child can have a bath or shower the day after the drainage procedure. However, try to keep the bandage dry.
If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.
If needed, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain. Do not give your child any medicines that will thin the blood, such as ASA (Aspirin®) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®), without checking with a nurse or your child's doctor first.
After the abscess drainage procedure, your child will need to rest and stay home from school or day care. Make sure they avoids any physical activity for the first two days (48 hours). Your child may return to school 48 hours after the drainage procedure.
- Leave the dressing on for 24 hours before removing it. If it gets wet or soiled before then, replace it with a clean Band-Aid®.
- Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain.
- Your child can go to school and resume regular activity 48 hours after the drainage procedure.
- If your child develops bright red bleeding or pus at the site, vomits, is pale, tired, or has severe pain, go to the nearest Emergency Department.