By Alexandra Matkevich RN
After your child has an operation it is often recommended to take two weeks off childcare or school. Some day procedures allow children to return to everyday activity sooner than two weeks, so it is important to listen to the surgeon’s advice. If you are unsure how long your child will need off childcare or school, get in contact with the surgeon, nurse or clinic reception staff.
Is total bed rest or only some rest better?
Though frequent rest might be needed, total bed rest is not recommended— patients often do better participating in very light exercise and gentle activities. This can help reduce boredom in children and offer a distraction from discomfort after painful surgeries.
Children often need no encouragement to play, but keep an eye on them so they don’t overexert themselves. It is recommended nobody does strenuous exercise or any heavy lifting for the first two weeks after surgery.
Colouring in is a fun activity that can be even be done on rainy days. There is loads of new and beautiful colouring in books available— even mum and dad could grab their own and join in!
If the weather permits, go on a walk to the local park or just around the block. Seeing greenery and light exercise is relaxing and can help healing. You could even have a small picnic for morning or afternoon tea.
Watch a Movie
Turn your lounge room into a home cinema. What a great time to catch up on films your family has missed out on.
Video games can be a really good and absorbing distraction from pain and discomfort. Pick up a new game or find one that you and your child could play together. Many games for children are designed with educational goals in mind. Remember to encourage regular breaks to get up and move.
There are so many great family games available on the market, which range from short 15 minute games to long games that can take hours to finish. Like video games, some of them can have an educational twist.
Endless hours can be spent around the house creating games with different kid’s toys. Playing with action figures, fashion dolls, trucks, trains, bricks, gardening toys, baby dolls, cars, stuffed animals — you name it, they will let their imagination go wild.
If you have any questions about your child’s upcoming surgery with Dr Barakate, give us a call and speak to one of our helpful staff on 1300 123 368.