THE BIG DAY: STEP-BY-STEP

Your Baby & Toddler - - Features -

1. Find out from the spe­cial­ist or anaes­thetist how many hours be­fore the anaes­thetic your child is al­lowed to eat and drink.

2. The day of the op­er­a­tion: Re­port to the hos­pi­tal’s re­cep­tion desk. Hos­pi­tal staff will show you to a ward and room where a nurse will wel­come you.

3. Com­plete the anaes­thetic form. In­di­cate all your baby’s in­for­ma­tion: his cur­rent health, his­tory, al­ler­gies, your fam­ily health, any med­i­ca­tion, sup­ple­ments or herbal prod­ucts your child takes. Re­mem­ber to note any re­ac­tions to anaes­thetic any other fam­ily mem­bers have ex­pe­ri­enced.

4. You might be al­lowed to go into the the­atre so that your child feels safe while anaes­thetic is be­ing ad­min­is­tered. Af­ter your child has re­ceived anaes­thetic, you need to leave the the­atre.

5. Give your child some­thing to eat and drink (ap­ple juice is a good choice) when he wakes up and be­fore you go home.

6. Ask about pain meds your child is al­lowed to use af­ter the op­er­a­tion. The doc­tor might pre­scribe a pain syrup, but chil­dren don’t gen­er­ally ex­pe­ri­ence pain af­ter this pro­ce­dure.

7. Make a fol­low-up ap­point­ment with the spe­cial­ist – it’s usu­ally a week af­ter the op­er­a­tion to en­sure the tubes have been in­serted prop­erly and are open and dry. If there was doubt about your child’s hear­ing, your doc­tor will send her for a hear­ing test.

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