We will take you to your child’s bedside as soon as possible after the procedure. Your child may seem dazed, tearful, fussy or very sleepy. This is all part of the awakening process. You may be asked to simply speak softly or just allow your child to sleep off the anesthesia.
Some children awaken in an agitated state, which is not unusual and should not last long. We will suggest to you how to be most supportive during this stage if it occurs. Our recovery room nurses are very experienced in helping you and your child through all stages of recovery.
Some children may experience nausea and vomiting after anesthesia. This too is very normal. Sometimes medications can be given if this is a problem.
Other side effects of anesthesia may include:
- Funny taste in mouth
- Dry or sore mouth or throat
- Sore muscles
- Blurred vision
- Short–term memory loss
- Sleepiness or unsteadiness
- Mood changes or crankiness
- Face or upper body flush
- Hoarse voice
After your child’s procedure they will be moved to the Recovery Room where they will be closely monitored while they wake up. If your child is an outpatient they will then be moved to Phase II Recovery where they will be offered clear liquids and can watch TV for about an hour before discharge. We will give you detailed instructions about caring for your child’s special needs related to their procedure and anesthesia. If you have questions after you get home, contact your surgeon.
If your child is to be admitted to the hospital, you will be able to accompany your child from the Recovery Room to their hospital room.
For more information or to ask any questions about your child’s scheduled procedure, please do not hesitate to call 734-232-5872.