Caring for your Child after Nasal Cautery
Electrical nasal cautery closes off a blood
vessel in the nose to relieve the problem of
nosebleeds. It is a short procedure done
under general anesthesia.
What to do
1. Your child can take part in normal
activity, as he feels able. If your
child is in daycare or school, he or
she may return to it the day after the
2. Your child may feel sick to his
stomach from the anesthesia. Start
your child on clear liquids. Advance
to solid food as his stomach can
handle it. If your child has nausea or
vomiting after eating solid food, start
over with clear liquids.
3. If your child has pain, give
acetaminophen (Tylenol®) every 4
hours as needed. Avoid ibuprofen
for two weeks.
4. No nose blowing for 1 week. Wipe
the nose with a tissue rather than
5. Apply antibiotic ointment to the
inside of the nose with a cotton swab
at bedtime for two weeks.
6. Use nasal saline spray if told to do so
by your doctor.
7. No nose picking. If your child picks
his nose when sleeping at night, it
may help to have him wear socks on
his hands while in bed.
A nurse will call you the day after or
Monday after the procedure to see how your
child is feeling. Your doctor will let you
know if you need to come back for a return
Call your child’s doctor or clinic nurse if
ξ Your child has frequent vomiting
and is not able to keep clear liquids
ξ A fever over 102° regardless of the
method used to take temperature
ξ Your child gets a nosebleed. Pinch
the nostrils (the fleshy part of the
nose) without letting up on the
pressure for 10 minutes. If bleeding
does not stop after 10 minutes, call
your child’s doctor or clinic nurse.
ξ You have any concern that your
child is not doing well.
Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) Clinic
(608) 265-7760 weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30
After hours and weekends, call (608) 262-
0486. This will give you the paging
operator. Ask for the Otolaryngology
(ENT) doctor on call. Give the operator
your name and phone number with the area
code. The doctor will call you back.
If outside of Madison, call toll-free at 1-800-
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