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Your Child is Having Surgery

It can be helpful for your child to bring a security object with them, such as a pacifier, favorite stuffed animal, blanket or a special toy.

Older children may want to bring a book or other distraction.

If your child uses a bottle or special cup, please bring it with you for your child in the recovery room.

An anesthesiologist will discuss your child's plan of care with you. Most children and teenagers having surgery receive general anesthesia. This means that they will sleep very deeply during the operation.

Generally, for younger children, anesthesia is given with a mask, since they tend to have a more difficult time with needles. In the operating room,  your child will gently breath in the anesthetic medicines until asleep. After your child is asleep, an IV is inserted to give fluids and any additional drugs.

For older children and teenagers, the IV is started in the pre-op area and the anesthesia is given through the IV once in the operating room. We have different forms of numbing medicine to help when getting the IV started.

Please be sure to make alternative plans for brothers and sisters. Outpatient surgery can be stressful for parents and children. We recommend you bring only the child who is having surgery to the Day Surgery Center. This will allow you to direct your full attention to him or her.

If it is necessary to bring other children, please be sure another adult accompanies you to stay with the children in the reception area, allowing one or both parents to stay with the patient in the Recovery Room.

Children's Resources

Preparing Your Child for Procedures & Surgery:  A resource for teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures and helping them cope.

Age by Age Developmental Needs for Children and Adolescents in the Hospital: When a child or teenager is in the hospital, it is important to encourage them to play and engage in developmentally appropriate activities.

Twinkle Goes to the Hospital:  Coloring pages to download and print out for your child.

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