WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Hypospadias repair is surgery to repair your child's urethra or curved penis. Your child may need this surgery if he has trouble urinating or leaks urine.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines help decrease your child's pain or prevent bladder spasms. Your child may also need medicine to prevent a bacterial infection.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
- Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.
Care for your child's urinary catheter:
If your child wears diapers, check the catheter each day to make sure it has not come out. If your child is older and has a urine bag, keep the bag below his waist. This will prevent urine from flowing back into his bladder and causing an infection or other problems. Also, keep the tube free of kinks so the urine will drain properly. Do not pull on the catheter. This can cause pain and bleeding, and may cause the catheter to come out. Healthcare providers will remove the catheter as soon as possible to help prevent infection.
Encourage your child to drink liquids:
This will help him urinate and decrease pressure in his urethra. Ask how much liquid your child should drink each day and which liquids are best for him.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Your child may need to return for a checkup. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child is fussy or cries more than usual.
- Your child's incision wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- Your child has trouble urinating.
- Your child has nausea or is vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your child cannot urinate.
- Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
- Your child has severe pain or bladder spasms.
- The stitches holding your child's catheter come apart or fall out.
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