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Anesthesia - what to ask your doctor - child
Your child is scheduled to have a surgery or procedure. You will need to talk with your child’s doctor about the type of anesthesia that will be best for your child. Below are some questions you may want to ask.
What to ask your doctor about anesthesia - child
Which type of anesthesia is best for my child and the procedure that my child is having?
- General anesthesia
- Spinal or epidural anesthesia
- Conscious sedation
When does my child need to stop eating or drinking before the anesthesia? What if my child is breastfeeding?
When do my child and I need to get to the hospital on the day of the surgery? Is the rest of our family allowed to be there too?
If my child is taking the following medications, what should I do?
- Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), other arthritis drugs, vitamin E, warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it hard for the child’s blood to clot
- Vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other supplements
- Medicines for heart problems, lung problems, diabetes, allergies, or seizures
- Other medicines the child is supposed to take everyday
If my child has asthma, diabetes, seizures, heart disease, or any other medical problems, do I need to do any thing special before my child has anesthesia?
Can my child take a tour of the surgery and recovery areas of the hospital before the surgery?
During the anesthesia:
- Will my child be awake or aware of what is happening?
- Will my child feel any pain?
- Will someone be watching to make sure my child is okay?
- How long may I stay with my child?
After the anesthesia wears off:
- How soon will my child wake up? When can I see my child?
- How soon before my child can get up and move around?
- How long will my child need to stay?
- Will my child have any pain?
- Will my child be sick to their stomach?
If my child had spinal or epidural anesthesia, will my child have a headache afterwards
What if I have more questions after the surgery? Who can I contact?
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.