THE BIG DAY: STEP-BY-STEP
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.