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Health Information For Parents
An intravenous line (IV) is a soft, flexible tube placed inside a vein, usually in the hand or arm. Health care providers use IV lines to give a person medicine or fluids.
Often, babies, kids, and teens who are in the hospital get IVs during their stay, so they can get medicine and fluids easily when they need them.
A specially trained nurse or doctor will:
Yes, parents can stay when their child gets an IV line.
Putting in an IV takes a few minutes.
The nurse may use another long tube to connect the IV to an IV bag of fluid or medicine. Often, a pump helps the fluid or medicine slowly go into the child’s vein. The IV bag hangs on a pole that can be wheeled around.
Placing an IV is usually done without any problems. Sometimes there’s a small bruise at the site where the needle and tube entered the vein.
Occasionally, if the IV isn’t going into the vein, fluid and medicine can leak into the nearby area. This can cause swelling and discomfort. The nurses will check the IV site often to make sure the IV is where it should be.
Kids and teens may feel nervous getting an IV. To help your child feel more at ease, you can:
These surgically placed tubes let kids get blood drawn and receive intravenous (IV) medicines and fluids without repeated needle sticks.
A PICC line is like an IV line, but is much longer and can stay in place for longer periods.
When kids need intensive health care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it’s important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they’ll need.
Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells.
Good preparation can help your child feel less anxious about getting surgery. Kids of all ages cope much better if they have an idea of what’s going to happen and why.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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