FAQs About My Anesthesia

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By James G. Cain, M.D., Robert F. Early, M.D., Joseph J. McComb, M.D., and Richard P. O’Flynn, M.D.

Q. What type of anesthesia is right for me?
Q. What should I tell my child about anesthesia?

If your child needs elective surgery, it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible. Any hospital visit can be an anxious time for a parent and child. The more information that you, as a parent, gather, the calmer you will be and the better you will be able to comfort your child.

Here are some tips:

  1. Educate yourself about both the procedure and the anesthesia required. Ask questions of both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist.
  2. Provide age-appropriate information to your child. Children tolerate surgery better when they are well prepared. Explain to your child what to expect throughout the entire process. Reassure your child that everything will be explained beforehand.
  3. Stay calm. Your composure is essential. Nothing calms a child as much as a calm confident parent.

References/more tips:
When your child needs anesthesia

Q. Will I remember anything during anesthesia?
Q. How can I reduce my risk of anesthesia?
Q.  Will I be sick after my anesthesia?
Q. What about pain after my surgery?
Q. How are anesthesiologists paid?


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