preparing child for general anaesthetic

preparing child for anaesthetic

On Friday BG1 will be going into hospital for day surgery. She is having eight baby teeth removed because her mouth is over crowded and her adult teeth can’t make there way down. Eight teeth being removed is scary to hear for an adult. To a child it could be even scarier.

Although BG1 is super brave and loves her dentist

I still feel that she needs to be prepared of what will happen on the day of having her teeth removed.

9 times out of ten she has said ‘I’m fine mummy, I am not worried’ But at the beginning of the week she did say to me ‘mummy I am a little bit nervous’.

Now I try my best to re assure her and tell her that she will be fine and I will be with her when she goes to sleep and with her when she wakes up and she seems to be satisfied with that.

But how do you go about explaining and preparing a child for a general anaesthetic.

BG1 is 8 years old, she is still young but very bright and clever. I have always had a blunt, if you really want to know I will tell you kind of attitude. You should of heard the detailed conversations about how chickens end up in the supermarket.

This is how we have prepared BG1 for her general anaesthetic and surgery.

  • Tell them that they will not be alone. – Parents are allowed with their child while they are being put to sleep and will be brought back as the child wakes up. Mummy/Daddy will be right with you.
  • Let them know how long they will be in surgery. In BG1s case she should be in and out around 15-20 minutes.
  • Explain what will happen on the day. BG1 isn’t allowed to eat after 7:30am and not allowed to drink after 11.30am. we let her know this.
  • We also told her how she would be put to sleep. That she would have a mask over her face and when she was going to sleep she would have an injection in her hand.
  • We told her that she may bleed a little and be a little soar but that she would be able to have medicine to make her feel better.
  • Lastly we told her that if she had any questions or was scared she must say and we will be there to help her.

The tooth fairy will be visiting our house again this week.

Has your child had surgery? How did you prepare them?

trip to the dentist with the kids

kids trip to the dentist

Yesterday it was the kids regular six month check up at the dentist. I despise these trips.

BG1 loves the dentist, she is happy to jump up on the chair, open her mouth wide and choose her sticker at the end. I have had no problems with her from the start.

LM on the other hand is a nightmare! He refuses to sit on the chair, to open his mouth and look at anybody. I have tried everything. So I have resorted to taking my mum. The last time she took him I was at work, he did not make it easy but he did let the dentist have a look inside his mouth.

If it means we get the visit over and done with smoothly, I’m all for taking Nanny with us. She came with us and I was all positive things would go well, they didn’t. He refused to let the dentist look in his mouth again. Better luck next time.

Preparing for a trip to the dentist.

Now these tips may not have worked with my Little Man but they did with BG1.
•Let them go with you a few times. If they see that you aren’t scared they will feel more at ease when it’s their turn.
•Take them from a young age. Once they start getting their milk teeth, take them to the dentist, even if it is just watching you sat in the chair or they open their mouth for the dentist. It will make the next appointment much easier.
•Get into the habit of visiting the Dentist twice a year. Routine is key.
•Practise at home, role play dentists with your child. Get your child to open their mouth and say ‘aaahhh’ and peak in pretending you are a dentist. Let them do the same with you.
•Turn role play into learning, count their teeth with them, then it’s their turn.
•Read books about dentist visits such as: Peppa Pig: Dentist trip , Topsy and Tim go to the Dentist and Biff, Chip & Kipper: Going to the Dentist
•Remember to stay calm. This at times can be easier said then done, I know. I have come close to loosing my rag with little man at the Dentist office. Please remember that they are used to the tantrums and ‘not wanting to be there’ attitudes.
•Making brushing fun. In our house we use silly sounds for brushing the front like ‘eeeee’ and ‘aaaahhh’ for the back teeth.
•Persistence will pay off eventually. I am hoping and praying this will be the case with LM.

Have you taken your child to the dentist yet? Did they enjoy it? Or are they a nightmare too? Do you have any more tips to add? Let me know and comment below!

Check out my post on how to prepare your child for anaesthetic – BG1 had to have 8 teeth removed

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