PICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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Learn how to care for your child at home after a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion.

Key points

  • Keep the PICC site and line dry at all times, and leave the dressing in place.
  • Your child can have acetaminophen for pain.
  • Your child may return to gentle activity 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Your child should not swim at any time.
  • A nurse will teach you how to take care of your child’s PICC, including what to do if it breaks, the cap falls off, the dressing comes loose, or it falls out.
Last updated: February 1st 2024