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Infection - Hand


    Pain control

    Administer medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription).


    Antibiotics are prescribed to help treat the infection. Take these as directed and seek medical attention if your child is not able to take the antibiotics.


    Keep the hand elevated in a sling while your child is awake. The sling can be taken off at night and the hand elevated on pillows. Keeping the hand still helps the body to fight the infection.

    Wound care

    You will be given instructions by your doctor regarding when to change the dressings.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Increasing swelling
    • Decreasing ability to move the hand
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Poor feeding/oral intake
    • Side effects from the antibiotics such as bad diarrhoea, vomiting, rash
    • Worsening wound discharge

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522