After oral surgery
This handout offers guidelines to help your child recover from oral surgery. By following these instructions, you can reduce the chance of your child having problems after the procedure.
CADD Prizm® pump alarms
If you are using the CADD Prizm® pump, follow the chart in this handout to help you understand why the pump alarm is beeping.
Chemotherapy by mouth at home
Oral chemotherapy (chemo) is any cancer-fighting drug that the patient will take by mouth. It can be in the form of a tablet, capsule, or liquid.
Your child could become constipated (unable to have a bowel movement) if he does not drink enough fluids, does not eat enough fiber, or does not get enough exercise. Certain kinds of chemotherapy and other medicines also can cause constipation. To help correct constipation, try these ideas.
Some chemotherapy and other medicines can cause diarrhea. Radiation therapy focused on the stomach or intestines also can cause diarrhea. These ideas may help if your child has diarrhea.
Your child’s disease and treatments might make him feel more tired than usual. This feeling is called “fatigue.” Here we offer possible causes for fatigue, signs of fatigue you may see in your child, and steps you can take to help.
Giving IV medicines at home
Most patients at St. Jude receive some medicines by IV (by vein). You may be asked to give some of these medicines at home.
How to give intramuscular injections
Medicines that you give into a muscle are called intramuscular (IM) injections. These injections (shots) are given into areas of the body called injection sites. The nurse will show you the steps for giving the shots and give you time to practice before you give an IM injection to your child.
How to give subcutaneous injections
Medicines you give just below the skin are called subcutaneous (subQ) injections (shots). These injections are given into special fatty areas of the body called injection sites. The nurse will show you the steps for giving the shots and give you time to practice before you give a subQ injection to your child.
IV pump safety for patients
During your child's treatment at St. Jude, she may spend many hours hooked to an IV (intravenous) pump. It is important for you to know what the pump is, how it is used, and some guidelines for its safe use.
Nausea and vomiting
Your child may have nausea (an upset stomach) or may vomit (throw up) if treatment affects his stomach lining. Here are some ideas to help decrease nausea and vomiting.
Subcutaneous tissue infusion set
Some medicine may be given through a Subcutaneous Tissue Infusion Set. This set has a small needle that is inserted just under the skin's surface. The set can generally stay in place for up to 7 days without being removed. This handout shows you how to use and care for the set.
Throwing away sharp objects safely
Parents and other caregivers often use sharp objects, such as needles and syringes, to care for sick children at home. If these sharp objects are not thrown away safely, they can cause injury, illness, and pollution.
Using the Eclipse® medicine device
The Eclipse® medicine device is an easy, safe, and portable way for you to infuse (give) intravenous (IV) medicines at home or away from the hospital. You use the Eclipse® device only one (1) time, and then throw it away.
Withdrawing medicine from a vial
Sometimes it may be necessary for you to give medicine to your child while you are away from the hospital. The medicine may be inside a syringe when you get it from a staff member, or you may have to withdraw the medicine from a small vial.