how to hold a baby after heart surgery

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After your infant has heart surgery, it is important that they avoid certain positions and activities, while still remaining active. This article outlines recommendations to follow in the days and months after heart surgery. It includes information on:

. Positioning and handling your child after surgery to promote recovery

. Encouraging tummy time with your baby

. Activities to promote fine motor and thinking skills

Positioning and handling your child after surgery

First 2 weeks after sternal closure

. Activity restrictions

. Avoid lying or playing on the tummy

. Avoid lifting under arms

. Avoid pulling arms when moving to sitting position or while dressing

. Activity recommendations

. Lift under head/neck and bottom

. Encourage play in all other positions (lying on side, supported sitting, up in caregiver's arms)

2 to 6 weeks after sternal closure

. Activity restrictions

. Avoid lifting under arms

. Avoid pulling arms when moving to sitting position or while dressing

. Activity recommendations

. Lift under head/neck and bottom

. Encourage play on tummy

. Encourage play in all positions, as above

More than 6 weeks after sternal closure

. Activity restrictions

. No restrictions

. Activity recommendations

. Encourage all typical developmental activities

Sleep and tummy time

To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) your baby should always sleep on their back. However, too much time on their back can lead to positional plagiocephaly (flattened head). To prevent positional plagiocephaly and promote healthy development, you should position your baby on their tummy (if two weeks following sternal closure), supported sitting or up in your arms throughout the day.

About Iranian Surgery

Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best pediatric heart (cardiac) surgeons in Iran. The price of Pediatric Heart Surgery in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.

For more information about the cost of Pediatric Heart Surgery in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.

Source:

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=3209&language=english

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