Pediatric Angiogram in Interventional Radiology
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 and change it every day.
ξ Your child may have some discomfort at the catheterization site. You may give your
child acetaminophen (Tylenol ) or ibuprofen.
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 _______ days after the angiogram. No Physical
Education class or recess for one week.
ξ No activity such as bike riding, climbing, competitive sports, or heavy lifting (more than
10 pounds) for one week (this includes heavy backpacks).
ξ Your child should be able to eat a normal diet the next morning.
ξ If feeling well the night of the procedure your child may drink and we suggest a light diet
if they are hungry.
ξ Some children do not feel hungry or don’t feel well the night of the procedure. You can
expect this and they will get better.
When to call your doctor
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 angiogram was
ξ Severe pain, numbness, or tingling of the arm or leg where the angiogram was done.
ξ A temperature greater than 100° F or 38 θ C.
ξ Major swelling at the site.
ξ Redness or drainage at the site.
ξ Any other concerns
Follow-up appointment ____________________________________________________
AFCH Pediatric Specialties Clinic: 608-263-6420
UW/AFCH Radiology Department: 608-263-XRAY, option # 3
UW Health - UWHC Surgery Clinic: 608-263-7502
After hours, nights, weekends, holidays, this number will give you the paging operator. Ask for
the 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 1-800-323-8942.
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
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