Heart catheterization: Caring for your child after the procedure

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Learn how you can take care of your child who has just had heart catheterization. Learn about dressing changes and emergency situations.

Key points

  • Children usually need some time to recover from a heart catheterization.
  • Change your child's bandage once a day for 5 days after the procedure.
  • If the site bleeds, apply pressure for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, keep applying pressure and go to your nearest emergency department.
  • Contact your doctor if you notice that your child's leg is swollen, pale or cold; if you notice any swelling or redness at the site (either neck or groin); your child has a fever; or the site is sore for more than one or two days
Last updated: June 23rd 2021