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General Anesthesia in Pediatrics


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.

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