Preparations for anesthesia

Your childs present health status is of great importance in relation to anesthesia. Anesthesia staff will therefore have a number of questions when you meet. It can be helpful to have thought about the following:

Questions for everyone:

  • Past and present illnesses
  • Allergies
  • Present and recent (within the last month) medications
  • Previous anesthetics and any complications associated with anesthesia
  • Relatives who have had problems related to anesthesia
  • Present weight
  • Loose teeth
  • Motion sickness

Additional questions for adolescents:

  • Tobacco use
  • Pregnancy

Remember especially to inform the anesthesia staff if your child has or has had problems from the respiratory system such as pneumonia, upper respiratory tract illness (colds or flu), croup, tonsillitis or pertussis (whooping cough). Dont forget even common colds these can also cause problems associated with anesthesia. Symptoms can include fever, cough, respiratory distress, congestion and coryza (runny nose). This type of illness can increase the risk of complications of anesthesia, prolong hospital stay or lead to postponement of surgery.

It is also important to mention if your child is prone to nausea and vomiting, eg. when riding in a car (motion sickness).

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