While in the operating room, your baby will receive a pain medicine injected into the incision. This should allow them to feel and appear comfortable for about six to eight hours after surgery. If necessary, you may give acetaminophen (medication such as Tylenol) 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), they are discharged from the hospital. After discharge, it is strongly recommended that you give 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 you should not bathe them in a tub for one week after surgery. Leave the Steri-Strips (bandage-like tape) that are placed over the incision in place and only remove them according to the instructions of your pediatric surgeon. They are generally left in place for seven to 10 days.