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Lumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureLLumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureLumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SpineSpinal CordNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-11-16T05:00:00Z10.000000000000060.9000000000000746.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Learn how to care for your child at home after a lumbar puncture.</p><p>Your child has had a <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3380&language=English">lumbar puncture</a>. The information on this page explains how to care for 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 fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F), numbness, seizures, vomiting or headaches, call their doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department.</li><li>Remove your child's bandage after 24 hours.</li><li>Give your child <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> for headaches or pain.</li><li>Your child should avoid any physical activity for two days after the lumbar puncture.</li></ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2><p>Call your child’s doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:</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><a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=29&language=English">Headache</a> that persists more than a few hours after the procedure or that occurs when they change position</li><li>Seizures that are new in onset</li><li>Numbness and tingling of the legs</li><li>Leakage at the site of the needle insertion</li><li>Difficulty peeing or having unexpected accidents after the procedure</li><li>Persistent <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=746&language=English">vomiting</a> immediately after getting home, or vomiting and nausea that continues 48 hours after the procedure</li></ul><p>Be sure to let the Emergency Department staff know that your child had a lumbar puncture. </p><h2>Discharge from the hospital</h2><p>Most children can have a lumbar puncture and go home the same day. If your child's doctor has arranged this, your child will be ready to go home about one hour after the procedure.</p><h2>At SickKids: If the procedure was performed in the IGT Department</h2><p>If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, 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 child’s primary care provider 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.</p><h2>At SickKids: If the procedure was performed by another department</h2><p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, contact the doctor who performed the procedure or a clinic nurse in the department the procedure took place.</p><p>If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your child’s primary care provider, go to the nearest Emergency Department, or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-7500 and ask them to page the doctor who performed the procedure.</p>
Ponction lombaire : Prendre soin de votre enfant à la maison après l’interventionPPonction lombaire : Prendre soin de votre enfant à la maison après l’interventionLumbar Puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureFrenchOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SpineSpinal CordNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2013-03-28T04:00:00ZHealth (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Ce guide pratique explique comment prendre soin de votre enfant à la maison après une ponction lombaire.<br></p><p>Votre enfant a subi une ponction lombaire. Ce dépliant explique comment prendre soin de votre enfant à la maison après l’intervention et quand demander de l’aide.</p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Si votre enfant a une fièvre de plus de 38 °C (100,4 °F), un engourdissement, des vomissements ou des maux de tête, appelez son médecin ou rendez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche.</li><li>Retirez le pansement de votre enfant après 24 heures.</li><li>Donnez de l’acétaminophène (Tylenol<sup>MD</sup>) ou de l’ibuprofène​ (Advil<sup>MD</sup> ou Motrin<sup>MD</sup>) à votre enfant pour les maux de tête ou la douleur.</li><li>Votre enfant devrait éviter toute activité physique pendant deux jours après la ponction lombaire.</li><li>Si vous avez des inquiétudes après les heures ouvrables, consultez votre médecin de famille, rendez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche ou appelez le standard de l’Hôpital pour enfants malades au 416 813-1500 et demandez-leur d’envoyer un message par téléavertisseur à votre spécialiste.</li></ul><h2>Quand consulter le médecin</h2><p>Communiquez avec votre médecin ou le centre de therapie guidée par l'image (TGI), ou rendez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche immédiatement si votre enfant présente un des symptômes suivants :</p><ul><li>une <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=French">fièvre</a> de plus de 38 °C (100,4 °F) </li><li>un <a href="/Article?contentid=29&language=French">mal de tête</a> qui persiste pendant plus de quelques heures après l’intervention ou qui survient quand votre enfant change de position </li><li>un engourdissement ou une sensation de picotement dans les jambes</li><li>un écoulement au site d’insertion de la seringue</li><li>un changement de sensation ou un engourdissement dans les membres inférieurs </li><li>de la difficulté à uriner ou des fuites urinaires après l’intervention </li><li>des <a href="/Article?contentid=746&language=French">vomissements</a> persistants une fois de retour à la maison </li><li>des nausées et des vomissements qui se poursuivent 48 heures après l’intervention </li></ul><p>Ne manquez pas de mentionner au personnel du service d’urgence que votre enfant a subi une ponction lombaire.</p><h2>À l’Hôpital SickKids :</h2><p>Si vous avez des inquiétudes dans les premières 48 heures, appelez la clinique de TGI au 416 813-6054 pendant les heures ouvrables et demandez à parler à un infirmier. Après 48 heures, communiquez avec votre médecin traitant. Si vous avez des inquiétudes après les heures ouvrables, consultez votre médecin de famille, rendez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche ou appelez le standard de l’Hôpital pour enfants malades au 416 813-1500 et demandez-leur d’envoyer un message par téléavertisseur au radiologiste interventionnel de garde.</p>

 

 

 

 

Lumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedure1243.00000000000Lumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureLumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureLEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SpineSpinal CordNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-11-16T05:00:00Z10.000000000000060.9000000000000746.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Learn how to care for your child at home after a lumbar puncture.</p><p>Your child has had a <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3380&language=English">lumbar puncture</a>. The information on this page explains how to care for 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 fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F), numbness, seizures, vomiting or headaches, call their doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department.</li><li>Remove your child's bandage after 24 hours.</li><li>Give your child <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> for headaches or pain.</li><li>Your child should avoid any physical activity for two days after the lumbar puncture.</li></ul><h2>Bathing</h2><p>Your child may have a bath or shower 24 hours after the procedure.</p><h2>Meals</h2><p>If your child is feeling well enough after the <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1261&language=English">anaesthetic</a>, 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. This will help to prevent headaches.</p><h2>Pain relief</h2><p>Your child may have some discomfort in their back immediately after the lumbar puncture. After the procedure, children sometimes also get a bad headache. This happens because the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can leak out of the hole where the spinal needle went in, which can cause headaches. In most cases, the hole closes on its own, and the headache goes away in few days. At home, you can give your child <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a>, if needed, or medications prescribed by their doctor. Do not give your child any medicines that thin the blood, such as <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=77&language=English">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> or <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a>, or blood thinners. If you are unsure, or regularly using one of these medications, check with the nurse or your child’s health-care provider first.</p><h2>Activity</h2><p>After your child is discharged home they should relax and lay flat with a pillow under their head for the first two days after the procedure. It is important that they do not bend over at all until after 48 hours. Your child may stand up for short periods of time to go to the washroom. Your child can go back to all regular activity after 48 hours.</p><h2>When to see a doctor</h2><p>Call your child’s doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:</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><a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=29&language=English">Headache</a> that persists more than a few hours after the procedure or that occurs when they change position</li><li>Seizures that are new in onset</li><li>Numbness and tingling of the legs</li><li>Leakage at the site of the needle insertion</li><li>Difficulty peeing or having unexpected accidents after the procedure</li><li>Persistent <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=746&language=English">vomiting</a> immediately after getting home, or vomiting and nausea that continues 48 hours after the procedure</li></ul><p>Be sure to let the Emergency Department staff know that your child had a lumbar puncture. </p><h2>Results </h2><p>The doctor who ordered the procedure will receive the results of your child's lumbar puncture. You will need to make an appointment with them to discuss the results.</p><h2>Discharge from the hospital</h2><p>Most children can have a lumbar puncture and go home the same day. If your child's doctor has arranged this, your child will be ready to go home about one hour after the procedure.</p><h2>At SickKids: If the procedure was performed in the IGT Department</h2><p>If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, 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 child’s primary care provider 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.</p><h2>At SickKids: If the procedure was performed by another department</h2><p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, contact the doctor who performed the procedure or a clinic nurse in the department the procedure took place.</p><p>If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your child’s primary care provider, go to the nearest Emergency Department, or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-7500 and ask them to page the doctor who performed the procedure.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/lumbar_puncture_caring_for_child_at_home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/lumbar_puncture_caring_for_child_at_home.jpgLumbar puncture: Caring for your child at home after the procedureFalse

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