have a key role in
preparing their children for the day of surgery. Children
tolerate surgery and anesthesia better when their anxieties are
minimized by discussing the events that they can expect
beforehand. Reassure your child that while you may not be
with him/her the whole time he/she will be safe and you will be
children require medicine to ease the separation from their
parents. This medication is usually given by mouth, but
the anesthesiologist will select the type of medication and
route of administration that is best for your child. Anesthesia
in children is usually started by letting them breathe
anesthetic agents through a mask until thy are unconscious with
no needle sticks until after they are asleep. Some
children will need an intravenous injection to go to
awakening , some children are very alert and some are sleepy for
hours. Your child will continue to be monitored
closely. Pain management usually begins before the surgery
as many of our premedications have some "painkillers' included.
This is usually supplemented after your child is asleep with
intravenous injections or the injection of local anesthetics or
numbing medicine. Nausea and vomiting are occasional side effects
after surgery but are
treated very aggressively if they occur.
List of current medications and dosages best to bring bottles or
packages with you).
Reports from any special studies your child may have had (i.e.
An empty bottle or cup and special toy or blanket.
Remove nail polish, jewelry and makeup.
Please do not wear
o No food or
drinks in the preoperative area because the children are not
eat or drink.
Preoperative feeding .instructions. Although some surgical
procedures may be brief, the anesthetic is never minor.
These procedures must be followed for all children.
At midnight the evening before surgery, stop all food including
all orange juice, solids, candy, gum, mile and milk products,
formulas and cereal.
Your child may breast feed until 3 hours prior to the time you are
told to be at the hospital.
Your child may drink clear fluids until 2 hours prior to the time
you are told to be at the hospital. Clear fluids include
water, apple juice, clear juices without pulp, soda, pedialyte and
If your child is ill prior to coming to the hospital (wheezing,
call your surgeon.