After heart surgery: Caring for your child

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Following heart surgery, children require extra care and attention. Read about care after heart surgery including diet, pain management and school.

Key points

  • When your child goes home from the hospital you will be given a date and time for their first follow-up appointment.
  • Your child will have an incision and other small wounds from their surgery. Check these daily for signs of infection.
  • Your child will need to be careful about the type of physical activity they do for at least 12 weeks after the surgery.
Last updated: February 19th 2021