Anesthesia Information for Kids

The Week Of:

  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian and must go home by car.
  • Other siblings should not accompany the patient to the anesthetic appointment. 
  • If your child has a cold, persistent cough, nausea or vomiting, fever or is recovering from a recent illness, contact the office at least three (3) business days before your appointment.
  • If your child takes daily medications prescribed by their doctor, consult us first. 
  • Have clear fluids and soft foods, tylenol and gravel suppository, at home for after the anesthetic appointment.

The Day Of:

  • Your child must have an empty stomach from midnight the night before your appointment (or the 8 hours prior to surgery). This includes: juice, milk, gum chewing and candies.
  • Your child can drink WATER ONLY!     Up to 3 HOURS BEFORE their surgery.
  • Food in the stomach may result in vomiting and subsequent lung infections during the anesthetic. This is a very serious emergency and can be fatal. 
    • If you do not follow these instructions, treatment will be cancelled and you will be charged the $500 cancellation fee.
  • If your child was prescribed medication to be taken before the appointment, please read the directions carefully.
  • Your child should wear loose, comfortable clothing- short sleeved top, socks, flat shoes (not tights or leotards). Bring a spare set of clothing as it may be necessary. 
  • Children should not wear nail polish or contact lenses. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time and leave valuables at home. 
  • If the patient does not speak english well they must be accompanied by a translator. Further, the individual who has power of attorney must be present or available by phone.  
    • If the above two rules are not abided the $500 cancellation fee will apply.
  • REMINDER: The province of Ontario now requires patients to show ID (such as a Health Card) in order to get prescription pain medication. This same ID is necessary to pick up your prescription from the pharmacy.

During your visit:

  • Monitoring devices will be used to track your child’s vital signs throughout their entire appointment.
  • These include: blood pressure cuff wrapped around their arm, a small sensor on their finger, EKG stickers on their chest, and a device to monitor their breathing and/or anesthetic gases.
  • A small intravenous catheter will be placed into their hand, foot, or arm to deliver the IV medications and fluids.  
  • Most children wake up with some confusion and disorientation. It usually takes about 10-15 min to fully ‘wake up’.
  • Your child must be alert enough to leave the office safely. We follow guidelines to ensure your child is fit to leave the office. Usually, this takes 20-30 min

After your visit:

  • A responsible adult must drive them home in a car or taxi (no public transportation)
  • Children must not return to daycare or school and must be supervised by an adult, for the remainder of the day (following 24 hours) as the medications given will make them feel drowsy and their responses will be slow.
  • Your child must rest quietly for the remainder of the day and up to 24 hours following your visit.
  • Your child must not: drive, operate machinery, consume alcohol or smoke for 24 hours.
  • Your child may not remember activities immediately after the procedure, and this is normal
  • Ensure they do not sign any important documents or post on social media, for 24 hours as their judgement may be somewhat impaired.
  • Sometimes the IV site can become irritated. If your child’s arm is sore, apply a warm, moist compress. If the site becomes red or painful please contact us. Bruising is not uncommon, and this will resolve within a few days.
  • It is important they start eating and drinking after anesthesia. Start with sips of clear fluids, no straws, and resume a soft diet shortly thereafter. Examples of soft foods include: soup, pudding, pasta, rice, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and smoothies. Avoid eating heavy, fried, and fatty foods. Resume a regular diet as tolerated
  • It is important to eat healthy and nutritious foods, and to drink fluids to prevent dehydration. 
  • If your child experiences frequent vomiting, please call us. 
  • Further instructions will be given following the appointment.