Specialist Anaesthetists try to reduce the anxiety to you and that of your child. We understand that this time can be stressful. It helps if you are candid and provide your child information about the surgery and the anaesthesia. It is preferable that your child does not know you are anxious, as this can upset some children. Please ask questions of your anaesthetist so that you are fully informed.

Prior to the surgery you will be given information regarding what you need to do to prepare, this may include:

  • Not eating solids or drinking milk for six hours
  • Not drinking clear fluid for 2 hours

You will meet your anaesthetist prior to the procedure and at this time you will be asked about your child’s history and any relevant family history.

Sometimes children are given a sedative before the procedure if the child is upset or anxious.

If your child has a general anaesthetic it is initiated by either a mask or intravenous agent.

Parents can stay for the beginning of the procedure but must leave when the child is anaesthetised so that the medical team can pay close attention to the patient.

The anaesthetist is in constant attendance, monitoring your child at all times.

Complications can arise with all surgery and these should be discussed with your doctor. They can include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore Throat
  • Bruising
  • Allergies
  • Pain

You are encouraged to discuss side effects with your anaesthetist, please contact us.

Further Information regarding children’s anaesthetics can be found on the following web sites: