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General Anesthesia in Pediatrics
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What is general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is medicine that keeps your child asleep during a test, procedure, or surgery. The medicine also helps keep your child pain-free during his care. General anesthesia can be given through an IV or as a gas or vapor that is inhaled.
How do I prepare my child the week before anesthesia?
If your child is old enough, talk to him and let him know what to expect. Listen to his fears. Tell him it is okay to be scared. Explain that healthcare providers will make sure he is comfortable. They will make sure he does not feel any pain and stays asleep until the procedure is over. Ask if there is information that explains anesthesia and procedures to you and your child in more detail. Information given in a video or books may be available. Your healthcare provider may be able to take you and your child on a tour of the procedure room. Ask your healthcare provider about any information that may help calm your child's fears.
How do I prepare my child the night before anesthesia?
Follow the healthcare provider's instructions. He will tell you not to let your child eat or drink after a certain time. He will tell you what medicines and supplements your child can take or not take before the procedure. Let your child pick out a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or toy to take with him.
What can I expect the morning of anesthesia?
Let healthcare providers know if your child or any family member has ever had problems with anesthesia. Tell them all medicines and supplements your child takes. Also tell them about any health conditions your child has. If your child is anxious, his healthcare provider may give him medicine to calm him before giving him anesthesia. Your child's healthcare provider may let you be with your child until he is asleep.
What can I expect after my child has anesthesia?
Your child may be disoriented, confused, or unsteady until he is fully awake. Your child may also have nausea, vomiting, chills, or shakiness. He may have a sore throat if a breathing tube was used. You will be allowed to be with your child as he recovers from anesthesia. Your child's healthcare providers may need to give him medicines to control nausea and vomiting. They will give you instructions on how to care for your child after the test, procedure, or surgery.
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