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Infections and surgery

Infection and medication

Generally your child can continue with their medication (including methotrexate, etanercept, adalimumab and infliximab) if they have a mild infection e.g. cough/cold. If they have a high fever or require antibiotics please contact us for further advice.

If your child is taking prednisolone this should not be stopped for an infection unless advised by a doctor.

If your child needs to be admitted for any other treatment, please contact us for further advice concerning their medication.

Chicken pox

As this is a common childhood infection it is likely that your child will come into contact with it. If your child has not had chicken pox or you’re not sure we will check their immunity with a routine blood test.

If your child is due to start or is on medication which causes immunosuppression we may advise the chicken pox vaccine before treatment is started.

If your child is on medication and comes into contact with or develops chicken pox, please contact us for advice.

Surgery and medication

Planned surgery

For planned surgery it is sometimes necessary to stop treatment for 2 weeks before and after the procedure. Please contact us for advice well in advance if your child is having a planned procedure.

Emergency surgery

In general we advise omitting medication for up to 10-14 days after emergency surgery, but please contact us for further advice.