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Children usually recover quickly. There are no long-term disadvantages to surgery. One to two days of hospitalization may be all that is required. Feedings by mouth are usually delayed for 12 hours after the operation. The stomach requires this short time to regain its ability to contract and to empty. Most infants can advance from clear liquids to normal amounts of formula or breast feedings within 36 hours after the operation. Vomiting of one or two feedings in the first 24 to 48 hours after the operation is not uncommon. Paper tapes will cover a small incision located on the child's right upper abdomen. A firm ridge may appear at the incision site, which is no cause for concern. Avoid bathing for at least 5 days after the operation. Sponge bathing is permitted the day of discharge. Carefully pat dry the incision tapes after the sponge bath.


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