For an infant, keep the child from crying for too long for the first 3 to 4 weeks. You can calm your child by staying calm yourself. When lifting your child, support both the child’s head and bottom for the first 4 to 6 weeks.
Toddlers and older children will often stop any activity if they become tired.
The doctor or nurse will tell you when it is OK for your child to return to school or daycare.
- Most often, the first few weeks after surgery should be a time to rest.
- After the first follow-up visit, the doctor will tell you what your child can do.
For the first 4 weeks after surgery, your child should not do any activity that could result in a fall or a blow to the chest. Your child should also avoid bicycle or skateboard riding, roller skating, swimming, and all contact sports until the doctor says it is OK.
Children who have had an incision through the breastbone need to be careful about how they use their arms and upper bodies for the first 6 to 8 weeks.
- Do not pull or lift the child by the arms. Scoop the child up instead.
- Prevent your child from doing any activities that involve pulling or pushing with the arms.
- Try to keep your child from lifting the arms above the head.
- Your child should not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.