For the first day or so, your child may need strong pain medication. In the operating room, the anesthesiologist may give medication such as morphine, to allow your child to wake up comfortably. Once your child feels well enough to eat or drink, then medicine can be given by mouth.
Your child's surgeon will write a prescription for pain medication for you to give your child at home. Please get this prescription filled right away so that you can "stay ahead" of your child's pain. Staying ahead of pain means to give pain medication before your child experiences pain at its worst. It is easier to stay ahead of pain than to catch up, and it takes less medicine to keep comfortable. Good pain control will help your child recover and feel better soon.
Pain medicines prescribed can include acetaminophen (Tylenol), acetaminophen with codeine, oxycodone (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine, or other similar medicines. Plan to give these medications regularly for the first day or so, to keep the pain from getting out of control.
In addition, anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen might be used, but you should call your surgeon before giving your child this type of medicine after surgery. If your child has bladder or muscles spasms (cramps), the doctor may prescribe one of these medicines: diazepam (Valium), oxybutynin (Ditropan), methocarbamol, or baclofen. These medicines should help make the spasms more bearable.
Do not give more pain medication than instructed. If the medication is not working, call your child's doctor. If you are not sure if the dose is right or if you are giving the medicine right, call your child's doctor.
As with all medicines, keep the pain medicine in a safe place, away from children and animals.