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Cardiac Catheterization – Caring for Your Child at Home (7511)

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Cardiac Catheterization
Caring for Your Child at Home

Caring for the catheter placement sites

ξ Your child may take a shower or
sponge bath the next day.
ξ No baths, swimming, or hot tubs
(sitting in water) for 4 days.
ξ Gently clean the site with soap and
water, pat dry, and put on a new
Band-Aid .
ξ Keep a Band-Aid over the site for 3
days. Change the Band-Aid every
ξ Your child may have some
discomfort at the catheterization site.
You may give your child
acetaminophen (Tylenol ) or
ξ There may be some bruising at the
site. This should get better each day.


ξ Your child should have very little
activity for the rest of the day. Your
child may take short walks in the
home and slowly climb stairs. Quiet
play only for 3 days.
ξ Your child may return to
school/daycare on _______. No
physical education classes or recess
for one week.
ξ No vigorous activities such as bike
riding, climbing, competitive sports,
or heavy lifting (more than 10
pounds) for one week.

ξ Your child should be able to eat
normally the morning after the
ξ If feeling well the night of the
procedure your child may eat and
ξ Some children do not feel hungry or
may feel nauseous the night of the
procedure. This is to be expected
and will get better. We suggest a
light diet the night of the procedure
if hungry.

When to call pediatric cardiology

Call if your child has:
ξ Bleeding from the site. If bleeding
occurs, hold pressure over the site
for 10 minutes. If oozing does not
stop, call one of the numbers below.
ξ Any change in color, temperature, or
swelling of the arm or leg where the
catheterization was done.
ξ Severe pain, numbness, or tingling of
the arm or leg where the
catheterization was done.
ξ A temperature greater than 100° F or
38 θ C.
ξ Significant swelling at the site.
ξ Redness or drainage at the site.
ξ Any other parental concerns


Follow-up appointment

Phone numbers

UW/AFCH Pediatric and Adult
Congenital Cardiology Clinic:
(608) 263-6420.

After hours, nights, weekends, holidays, this
number will give you the paging operator.
Ask for the pediatric cardiologist on call.
Give the operator your name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
call you back.

If you live out of the area, please call:

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 11/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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