|Sclerotherapy: Caring for your child at home after the procedure||1223.00000000000||Sclerotherapy: Caring for your child at home after the procedure||Sclerotherapy: Caring for your child at home after the procedure||S||English||Other||Child (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)||Body||Arteries;Veins||Non-drug treatment||Caregivers
Adult (19+)||NA||2021-02-23T05:00:00Z||7.40000000000000||66.4000000000000||662.000000000000||Health (A-Z) - Procedure||Health A-Z||<p>Learn how to properly care for your child at home after sclerotherapy.</p>||<p>Your child has had <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3206&language=English">sclerotherapy</a>. The information on this page explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help.</p>||<h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>If your child has a change in the colour or temperature of the limb where sclerotherapy was done, go to the nearest Emergency Department.</li><li>If your child has a fever, severe pain around the treated area, or blackened skin, go to the nearest Emergency Department.</li><li>If a blister forms, gently wash your child's skin with unscented soap and water. Apply Vaseline three times a day and cover with a clean bandage.</li><li>For pain relief, give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen.</li></ul>||<h2>Skin care</h2><p>It is normal for your child to have swelling and bruising of the treated area after sclerotherapy. Swelling usually reduces after one to two weeks and bruising may take several weeks to disappear. Some skin staining can last for months. Your child may also develop blistering.</p><h3>If your child develops a skin blister:</h3><ul><li>Wash your child's skin with unscented soap and water.</li><li>Apply Vaseline to your child's skin three times a day for a maximum of seven days.</li><li>Cover it with a clean bandage that will not stick to the skin.</li><li>Inform the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) clinic nurse that your child developed a blister.</li></ul><p>If the blister has not healed after seven days, apply Vaseline to the skin and call the IGT clinic nurse.</p><h2>Pressure garment</h2><p>If your child has been prescribed a pressure garment, they should resume wearing it five to 10 days after sclerotherapy.</p><h2>Bathing</h2><p>Your child may have a bath or shower the day after the procedure. Use unscented soap to clean the treated area.</p><h2>Meals</h2><p>If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.</p><h2>Pain relief</h2><p>Your child may feel local pain or discomfort after sclerotherapy, which may last one or two days. If needed, give your child
<a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> or
<a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a> for pain.</p><h2>Activity</h2><p>Your child can return to school and most activities the day after the procedure, but this will depend on how they feel. Check with your child's doctor about certain activities such as contact sports.</p><h2>Radiation</h2><ul><li>Your child's procedure required the use of X-rays.</li><li>Radiation side-effects are extremely unlikely but can occur.</li><li>Please check the treated area of your child's skin for signs of redness or rash two to four weeks from the date of the procedure. Please speak to the IGT clinic nurse if these signs occur.</li></ul>||<h2>When to see a doctor</h2><p>Call your child’s specialist or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F)</li><li>severe <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/pain">pain</a> in the treatment area</li><li>blackening of the skin in the treated area</li><li>change in colour or temperature of the limb on the side of the body where the sclerotherapy was done; for example, the foot turns a pale blue/white or is cool to the touch</li></ul>||<h2>Discharge from the hospital</h2><p>Most children who have had sclerotherapy go home the same day. This is usually four hours after the procedure.</p>||<h2>At SickKids</h2><p>If you have any concerns, call the <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/IGT/index.html">Image Guided Therapy (IGT) clinic</a> at (416) 813-7654 ext. 201804. Speak to the IGT clinic nurse during working hours or leave a non-urgent message.</p><p>If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department. You can also call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-7500 and ask them to page a member of your child’s health-care team or the interventional radiology fellow on call.
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