This animated Speak Up™ video is especially for children going to the hospital. Marco, as Captain Speak Up, helps em"power" Cara, so she feels confident asking her doctor questions. "Speak Up: Kid Power!" emphasizes that children have the right to ask questions and voice their concerns if they don't understand something.
The pleural space is the area between the lung and the chest wall. If air, blood, or fluid gets into this space, it can be a problem. This air, fluid, or blood can cause one or both lungs to collapse, which makes breathing difficult. A chest tube can drain the pleural space. This tube is soft and flexible. Your child may need a chest tube to prevent his or her lung from collapsing. Or he or she may need it to allow the lung to expand after collapsing.
Your child's healthcare provider has told you that your child needs a tracheostomy. This creates a new pathway for air. Surgery is needed to do this. During the surgery, the surgeon makes a small opening in your child's neck. A tube (called a trach tube) is placed in this opening. Air then flows into and out of the trach tube, allowing your child to breathe. This sheet will help you learn more about tracheostomy.
The rate or pattern of the heartbeat is known as the heart rhythm. Abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias. These can cause your child to have symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting, or fatigue. Rarely, arrhythmias can cause more serious problems. To help the doctor learn more about your child's heart rhythm, tests can be done.
You're likely looking forward to when your child can return home from the hospital. Planning for your child's discharge involves all the members of your child's healthcare team. They'll work closely with you to prepare for your child's needs at home. Here are some of the things to know about hospital discharge.
When Goldilocks tries to sneak a bowl of porridge on the night before her surgery, Mama Bear comes to the rescue. She explains to Goldilocks why it's important not to eat or drink too soon before surgery, and tells her what happened to Baby Bear when he did not follow his doctor's NPO instructions. Co-Produced with Boston Children's Hospital, based on their NPO guidelines.
A procedure is something done to figure out what is happening inside your body or to help your body get better. Sedation is a special medicine your care team uses to put you into a special sleep where you won't see, hear, or feel anything. Procedural Sedation is when your care team uses "sleepy medicine" before -- and during -- your procedure.
Your child had a procedure called inguinal hernia repair. An inguinal hernia looks like a bubble or bulge in your child's groin area. This is from the intestine pushing against the weak spot. During your child's surgery, the healthcare provider made a small incision to repair and reinforce the weak spot. Below are instructions for caring for your child following the surgery.
Your child had a nephrectomy. His or her kidney was taken out because it wasn't working properly. It was putting your child at risk of future problems, such as dangerous infections or high blood pressure. Now your child can live a normal, healthy life with one kidney. Here's what you'll need to know about caring for your child after surgery.
A hernia is a weakness or tear in the wall of the belly. An umbilical hernia looks like a bubble or bulge near your child's bellybutton. Although many umbilical hernias close on their own, some require surgery. During your child's surgery, the healthcare provider made a small incision and repaired the muscle. Here are some instructions to help you care for child once at home.
In this situation, you might not have time to learn about your child's surgery or to prepare your child. It's important to keep your emotions under control. Hospital staff can help answer your questions. Read this sheet to know what to expect when your child needs emergency surgery.