Abscess drainage using image guidance: Caring for your child at home after the drainage tube removal

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Learn how to properly care for your child at home after an abscess drainage tube removal.

Key points

  • Leave the dressing on for 24 hours before removing it. If it gets wet or soiled before then, replace it with a clean bandage.
  • Give your child acetaminophen for pain as directed by their health-care team.
  • Your child can go to school and resume regular activity 48 hours after the drainage tube is removed.
  • If your child develops bright red bleeding or pus at the site, vomits, becomes pale, tired or has severe pain, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
Last updated: November 16th 2020