Pediatric Post-Operative Instructions

Bleeding: Minor bleeding or blood-tinged saliva may occur for the first 24 to 48 hours. Bite on gauze for 30 to 40 minutes following surgery.Do not drink through a straw or suck on candy for 1 week. This will avoid loss of blood clots in the surgical sites, which can lead to infection or dry socket.

Swelling: Swelling is the body’s normal response to surgery and the beginning of the healing process. Swelling will vary among individuals and the procedure performed. Applying ice to the face will help with the swelling. 

Pain: Tylenol or Motrin can be given within 2 hours of procedure. Continue as needed for the first 24 to 48 hours.

Rinsing: You may drink but do not rinse mouth for the first 24 hours following surgery. You may gently brush your teeth the day after surgery, being careful in the areas where surgery was performed.

Diet: A soft or liquid diet is best for the first 48 hours. Start with clear liquids and advance to other liquids and soft foods as tolerated. Cool foods such as milk shakes and lukewarm soups are best.

Sutures: If sutures were placed, they will dissolve by themselves unless you are specifically told that non-dissolvable sutures were used.

Be assured that our interest in your well being does not end with the surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 912-673-6545.

In case of emergency, you can call Dr. Pennington on her mobile phone at 912-552-2290