Preparing to Go Home

To manage pain, your child will be taking pain medications by mouth and eating more normally before it is time to go home. Children who have less pain often recover more quickly and return home sooner. When your child is ready to go home, we will tell you how to give any medicine that is still needed and how to help your child return to his or her usual activities.

Storing and Disposing of Pain Medications

Once you are home, be sure to store pain medicines in a locked cabinet. It's not safe to leave pain medications anyplace where children, other household members or visitors can find them. People may intentionally or unintentionally take prescription pain medications and become very sick.

Once your child no longer needs prescription pain medications, please dispose of unused pain medication by following the FDA recommendations found here.