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?