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What are common types of anesthesia?
The two main types of anesthesia administered to children are general and sedation; the kind your child receives child depends on his or her particular procedure.
How will you give anesthesia to my child?
Your child’s comfort is a primary concern. With younger children, we most frequently administer anesthesia through inhalation. Inhalation anesthesia allows children to breathe themselves to sleep with oxygen, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and anesthesia gas. To make this experience more pleasant for the child, we frequently add a candy fragrance to this “magic air” mixture. Going to sleep in this manner allows the child to avoid shots. Once your child is asleep, the anesthesia team may insert an IV to provide anesthesia intravenously if a deeper sleep is necessary. The amount of anesthesia your child will receive is based on procedure type. The benefits of anesthesia are considered to outweigh any associated risks and all efforts to limit exposure are taken. If you have any questions, please speak with the physician or surgeon overseeing your child’s procedure.
Why does my child need anesthesia for a nonsurgical procedure?
The reason that your child needs anesthesia for nonsurgical procedures, like MRI’s or endoscopies, is because it ensures that they will remain very still and calm. This enables the clinician to obtain all the results and photos they need for the physician to diagnose and treat your child. Furthermore, the anesthesia ensures that your child will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
How should I prepare my child for anesthesia?
Preparation for anesthesia is important and varies by type of procedure and the age of your child. Your child’s primary clinical provider will provide guidance on when and what your child can eat and drink prior to the procedure. You should also discuss any of the following items that apply to your child:
- Current medications or herbal supplements
- Heart problems
- Previous reactions to anesthesia
What can we expect on the day of my child's procedure?
Our main focus is to provide for your child’s safety and comfort during and immediately after his or her procedure, while helping provide optimal conditions for the procedure. Prior to the procedure, your child’s anesthesiologist will perform an in-depth medical history and physical exam, order or review lab tests and diagnose any potential risks to prescribe an appropriate anesthesia care plan.
Your child’s anesthesiologist will perform his or her anesthesia and your child will remain under his or her care during the procedure and recovery.
If your child has undergone a surgery, his or her recovery room stay and pain control will be directed by the anesthesiologist. When his or her pain is controlled and he or she meets criteria to leave the recovery room, they will be discharged to home or to their hospital room.
What do I need to know after my child’s procedure?
The physician who conducted your child’s procedure will offer recommendations regarding when your child can begin eating or drinking again, and will prescribe pain medication as needed once he or she leaves the recovery area.