Paediatric Anaesthesia

Unfortunately, children do need to go through operations when emergencies appear and in such cases they need to be anesthetized. While this can’t be avoided in most cases, recent advances in medicine have made the process much easier and safer for the children, though it’s still a source of worries for the parents that can’t do nothing about it. The distress which is caused by the anesthesia is minimized by the doctors as much as possible.

The children that need to go into surgery no longer need to be in the hospital a long time before the operation begins. In most cases they will get to the hospital just hours before the operation needs to begin and no premeds are administered to prepare them for this situation. The parents accompany the kids when they visit the doctor and they are present when the anesthetics are administered. In less extreme cases, the anesthetic can be just a cream that is placed on the target area. At least one of the parents is with the child during the procedure, as it will make him calmer.

The doctor will usually begin the process by making an injection which is placed in a vein, an injection that doesn’t hurt as much since the anesthetic cream takes most of the pain away. In other cases, doctors like using gas anesthetic, especially when the child fears needles a lot.

When a risk of vomiting exists, the doctor needs to avoid using gas for anesthesia purposes. In some cases the parents will be asked to leave the room, especially when the procedures that coincide in time with the administration of anesthetics can be a bit distressing for parents. Once the operation is done and the child is close to waking up, the parents can come back to the room in most cases, as it gives him a familiar face when he wakes up.