There may be a small amount of blood that oozes from the edges of the dressing, enough to lightly stain a nappy or pair of underpants. Paracetamol (‘Panadol’) should be given on the afternoon and evening of surgery, and in the morning of the following day. Older children may require a stronger medication such as ‘Painstop Day-time’ or ‘Painstop Nighttime’ if over one year of age. After that time, assess your child’s pain to see if further doses are required. Follow the manufacturer’s dose instruction but never give more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period and never both at the same time. Your child should not be bathed on the first night, but nappies can be changed as required and a ‘wetwipe’ of similar cloth used. Showers are safe from the next day onwards. There may be a small amount of blood that oozes from the wound under the dressing in the first 24 hours. Generally the dressing does not need to be changed, but if you are concerned please discuss with your local doctor or myself. It is quite normal for the scrotum and testis to swell after the operation and there may also be some bruising. It is not the hydrocoele returning but the body’s normal response to the operation and settles within the first few weeks. You should remove the dressing completely after a long bath on the fifth day after the operation. No further dressings are then required. Your child will have stitches underneath the skin which will dissolve.
Your child can begin eating when he gets home. Start with clear liquids (apple juice, iceblocks) and add solid food slowly and in small amounts. Your child may vomit from the anaesthesia on the day of surgery. This should stop by the morning after surgery.