Activity recommendations for infants and toddlers after heart surgery

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Following heart surgery, children require extra care and attention. Learn which positions and activities infants and toddlers must avoid after heart surgery.

Key points

  • While your child is still in the hospital, they should be repositioned every two hours.
  • You are encouraged to bring an infant seat/stroller to the hospital, as well as your child’s favourite toys, comfort items and any feeding equipment they use at home.
  • Following these suggestions can help your child’s lungs to re-expand, improve alertness, and improve recovery time.
  • If your child needs extra support while in hospital, a rehabilitation specialist such as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist may be asked to work with them.
Last updated: March 21st 2023