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General Anesthesia In Pediatrics
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Your child will feel tired and sleepy after anesthesia. It is normal for it to take a few days for him to feel like himself. General anesthesia will remain in your child's body for at least 24 hours.
Call 911 if:
- Your child begins to have trouble breathing.
- Your child has a seizure.
The first 24 hours after general anesthesia:
- Have your child rest as much as possible.
- Have your child drink plenty of liquids. General anesthesia can cause dehydration.
- Feed your child light meals and snacks. This may help manage nausea and vomiting.
- If your child is old enough, do not let him drive.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your child continues to have nausea and vomiting after 24 hours.
- Your child has pain that gets worse even with medicine.
Contact your child's surgeon or healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child develops a rash, hives, itching, or swelling.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.