after surgery care
Our team provides education to help you prepare for your child’s post-surgery needs, and in many cases will schedule your child’s follow-up clinic appointment before you leave the hospital.
After patients return home, our team continues to provide support and care. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the pediatric surgery clinic at 937-641-5020. After hours, dial 937-641-3000 to reach the hospital’s operator, and ask for the pediatric surgeon on call.
care at home
Sometimes you will need to care for your child after he or she leaves the hospital. Your care providers will give you special instructions to follow once you and your child arrive home. Discharge planners are available to help coordinate your home-care needs.
Talk to your doctor about any care you will need to provide when you take your child home. This may include changes in medicines, treatment, the need for special home care equipment or follow-up appointments.
Please alert your doctor to any changes in your child’s health after your child’s stay.
use medicine safely
All necessary prescriptions will be provided before you leave the hospital. Please ask about Dayton Children’s outpatient pharmacy options. Note the following suggestions for safe medication use:
- Reread the label when giving each dose.
- Ask your pharmacist to:
- Explain your child's medicine label.
- Suggest the best measuring device for liquids and powders.
- Look over medicine side effects.
- Double-check a refill prescription if it does not look the same as a previous prescription.
- Explain how you will know if the medication is working.
- Review foods to eat or not eat while taking the medicine.
- Make sure the child-lock caps on all medicines are in place..
- Fill prescriptions at the same pharmacy so the pharmacist gets to know your child's medicine history.
- Keep the medicine in the container it came in.
- Give the medicine to your child exactly as told by your doctor or pharmacist.
- If your child is not getting better or you have questions about any medicines, call the doctor.
- Your child’s school teacher and/or school nurse to see what they need before your child can return to school.
- If your child needs special equipment to be cared for at home, talk to your child’s nurse about a home care agency or other support needed at home.
- Patient accounts (937-641-3555) if you have questions about the billing process. Also, see billing.
- Other family members and friends if you need help getting your child home and into the house. You may also want to see if someone can help you care for your child at home.