I am asking about basic child care, putting him in and getting him out of crib, lifting him onto diaper changing table, putting him to bed, etc. Just basic, necessary lifting..certainly nothing overboard or not needed while healing. I assumed it was along the rule of no lifting anything for 4-6 weeks post op. Another poster here mentioned that her PS said she could not hold/carry her 1 yr old child for 3 months! Of coarse some situations may be different so what is the general rule of thumb?
How Long After Full TT with MR Before I Can Care for my One Year Old Son?
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Child care after a tummy tuck
This is a commonly asked question and one where there is such variability of answers. Ultimately, whomever you choose to perform your tummy tuck, that is whose instructions that you should follow. For my patients, I recommend full time assistance for the first several days to a week. After that, my patients can CAREFULLY perform some of these child care activities but I do explain each one specifically.
It is very important that patients are careful because of the risk of breakage of the muscle repair or precipitation of bleeding.
Lifting children after tummy tuck: the reality of it
There are two standards: that which should be done, and that which is actually done.
Of course surgeons encourage patients not to lift their young children after tummy tuck surgery for as much as six weeks postoperatively as possible, particularly if a hernia repair around the umbilicus is involved.
However, I know what happens when young mothers get home: they are back on duty.
It helps to plan ahead and have additional help, in laws, parents, etc. to help with the lifting of the children. However, who will put the child in the car seat when suddenly nobody is there? Post tummy tuck patients should exercise as much caution as they can, particularly in the first two weeks. If caught in a position where they have to lift, it is best to lift with the legs rather than with the core.
Child care after tummy tuck
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Plastic surgeons may differ on how long they restrict your activity. Most of the surgeons in my community recommend between 4 and 6 weeks.
Lifting after tummy tuck
As you might expect your level of comfort and activity restriction after a tummy tuck may vary. This variable depends on a number of factors including:
1) How tight your closure is
2) Whether abdominal wall muscle tightening was performed
3) Your plastic surgeons prefernces
4) Your pain tolerance
In general, lifting should be limited to very small amounts in the first 2 weeks, perhaps only 5 pounds or so. If you wear your abdominal binder tightly you may be able to increase this amount a little weeks 3-4 especially if you use your legs and limit how often the lifting is performed. Most individuals will be able to take care of a 1 year old by about weeks 4-6. Of course you will have to listen to your body closely and make sure that you do not overdo it.
All the best,
Child Care after Tummy Tuck
Thank you for the question.
As you know the tummy tuck operation is a major operation; every patient experiences a different recovery course. This makes it difficult to discuss “general rules of thumb”.
I would suggest planning for the worst-case scenario which will hopefully be about 6 weeks away from child care activities. Your plastic surgeon will help guide you with activity level depending on how your recovery proceeds.
I hope this helps.
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