While in the operating room, your baby will receive a pain medication that is injected into the incision. This should allow him/her to feel and appear comfortable for about six to eight hours after surgery. If necessary, acetaminophen (medication such as Tylenol) may also be given to help ease discomfort.
Within two hours after surgery, small amounts of milk or liquids are given. Over a 24- to 48-hour period, feedings are gradually increased. As soon as your baby can tolerate normal feedings (usually one to two days after surgery), he/she will be discharged from the hospital. After discharge, it is strongly recommended to do no more than 3 ounces every three hours for the next three days.
Although a baby often vomits for 24 to 48 hours after surgery, this usually disappears without any further treatment. Occasionally, however, vomiting may persist for four to five days.
Your baby's incision should be kept clean and dry, and no tub baths should be given for one week after surgery. Steri-strips (bandage-like tape) that are placed over the incision should be left in place and then removed according to the instructions of your pediatric surgeon. They are generally left in place for seven to 10 days.