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Anesthesia - what to ask your doctor - child

Definition

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.

Alternative Names

What to ask your doctor about anesthesia - child

Questions

BEFORE ANESTHESIA

Which type of anesthesia is best for my child and the procedure that my child is having?

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 medicines, what should I do?

If my child has asthma, diabetes, seizures, heart disease, or any other medical problems, do I need to do anything 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 ANESTHESIA

AFTER ANESTHESIA

References

American Society of Anesthesiologists website. Statement on practice recommendations for pediatric anesthesia. www.asahq.org/standards-and-guidelines/statement-on-practice-recommendations-for-pediatric-anesthesia. Updated October 26, 2016. Accessed November 20, 2018.

Cote CJ. Pediatric anesthesia. In: Miller RD, ed. Miller's Anesthesia. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 93.


Review Date: 10/11/2018
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.