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Either way, the anesthesiologist will go over your child's medical history and information thoroughly, so that he or she can make the right choice of anesthetic medicines to meet your child's individual needs.The anesthesiologist also may order some tests (such as X-rays or blood or laboratory tests) to help figure out the best possible personalized anesthetic plan for your child.
You probably have plenty of questions about everything — from how the anesthesia is given, to what your child will experience, to where you're allowed to be.
If, like many kids, your child is afraid of needles, the good news is that he or she may not have to get one while awake.
Pediatric anesthesiologists often will begin the induction process by giving inhaled medicine.
Besides doing a physical examination of your child's airways, heart, and lungs, the anesthesiologist will also want to get your child's medical history, which will include asking about: The anesthesiologist, surgeon, or someone on the nursing staff will let you know whether your child can eat or drink before surgery.
It's important to make sure that your child doesn't eat anything before surgery (usually nothing after midnight the day before the operation).