Pediatric Patient Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy Instructions
Following are instructions to follow for children receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Please ask your oncology doctor or nurse if you have any questions.
Dos and Don't
- Do not give your child:
- Tylenol (without checking with the doctor/nurse)
- Rectal temperature
- Non-prescription medications including vitamins without checking with doctor or nurse first.
Know your child's last blood counts!
- When the white blood cells are low:
- Avoid crowds;
- Do not allow your child to have contact with ill children or adults;
- Watch for signs of infection - it is an emergency if your child gets a fever greater than 101° or three (3) or more times greater than 100.5° F in 24 hours. Do not give Tylenol.
- Watch for signs of anemia (pallor, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness or complaints of headache);
- Allow for rest periods.
- Watch for signs of bleeding (nosebleeds; blood in urine, stool or emesis; bleeding from gums);
- Watch for increased bruising;
- Avoid physical activities that could cause injury (running, jumping, bicycling, skateboarding, horseback riding, amusement rides);
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush or toothette;
- Be careful when shaving.