Botox Therapy for Spasticity in Children: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

Your child has had Botox injected into their muscles for spasticity​. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help.

When to see a doctor 

Phone your specialist or Image Guided Therapy (IGT), or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following:

  • fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F)
  • trouble swallowing
  • trouble breathing
  • severe pain

Be sure to let the Emergency Department staff know that your child has had Botox injections.

Bathing

Your child may have a bath or shower the day of the injections.

Meals

If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to give your child plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.

Pain relief

Your child may have some mild discomfort after the procedure. If needed, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®).

Activity

Your child can resume all regular activities as soon as they feel ready to do so.

Key points

  • Watch for symptoms from the time the injections are done until 4 weeks after the injections. These include trouble swallowing, speaking, breathing, or a fever over 38°C (100.4°F).
  • Your child can resume all regular activities when they feel able to do so.
  • If your child has any difficulty breathing, take them to the nearest Emergency Department right away.

Joao Amaral, MD

Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN

3/27/2013

At SickKids:

If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, call the IGT clinic during working hours at (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT nurse. After 48 hours, please call your referring doctor. If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-1500 and ask them to page your specialist or the interventional radiologist on call.  





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