After the injury, your child may be tired and irritable. It takes time to heal. Use this time for rest and quiet activities.
Have your child play board games, read, or do small craft projects for short periods of time. Avoid screen time. Infants and toddlers are harder to distract and will be more difficult to confine.
Try putting your infant or toddler in a large crib or playpen. Ask family and friends to visit, but for short periods of time and not at the same time to minimize activity.
After any trauma children may experience acute stress symptoms that may be reflective of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you notice your child having nightmares, flashbacks, nervousness, irritability or any other concerning emotional symptoms please speak with the trauma surgery provider. Short term therapy can be provided to help children heal and recover emotionally after a trauma.