Care of Your Child's Incision
Wash the incision (including Steri-Strips) and chest tube sites at least once a day with soap and water, dry thoroughly. The best way to prevent infection is to keep the incision clean and dry.
Your child should take showers or sponge baths until all of the Steri-Strips fall off. Steri-Strips should not be soaked in water.
Steri-Strips may start to fall off on their own after about a week. It is OK to remove them after they start to peel off. If they are not off by the time of your child's follow-up appointment, they will be removed at that time.
Check the incision daily for signs of infection: redness, swelling, drainage, or fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Call our office if any of these signs are noted.
Healing tissue is more sensitive to sun damage than normal skin. Clothing or a high SPF sun block should protect your child's incision when sun exposure cannot be avoided. These precautions should be taken as long as the scar looks pink (it will eventually return to their normal skin color).