Nerve block pain control for children (1009)

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If your child is going home with a nerve block catheter, you should also get the “Managing a Continuous Nerve Block at Home” teaching sheet.

What is a nerve block catheter?

A nerve block catheter is a thin tube put through the skin near a nerve. It gives medicine for pain relief after surgery. The medicine blocks the pain messages sent by the nerves to the brain.

The catheter may:

What pain medicine is used?

The most common pain medicine used is a local anesthetic called ropivacaine. It numbs only the area of the body where the surgery was done.

How much medicine will my child be given after surgery?

The anesthesiologist will order the medicine. The amount is based on the child’s weight and type of surgery.

For nerve block catheters that are left in place:

What are the side effects?

Some weakness, numbness, or tingling in the area affected by the nerve block is normal. Tell your nurse if symptoms are bothering your child or interfering with activity.

Your child may have weakness or numbness at the surgery site. Please have the nursing staff and/or family help your child get out of bed or a chair, to walk, or to get dressed. Follow the surgeon’s
guidelines for moving around and activity.

Tell your nurse or call the doctor (if you are at home) if your child has, or if you have any
questions about these less common but possibly serious side effects.

How is the catheter removed?

Remember, if your child is going home with a nerve block catheter, you should also get “Managing a
Continuous Nerve Block at Home” teaching sheet (#1062).

For other health and wellness information, check out this resource:

This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.