Taking Your Child Home after General Anesthesia
ξ You must have someone (age 16 or
older) stay with your child for the rest of
today and tonight. This is for your
child’s safety and protection.
ξ Your child may feel a little sleepy for the
next 12 to 24 hours. This is partly due to
the medicines received during and after
surgery. Your child should rest and
relax for the next 12 hours. Avoid
hazardous or strenuous activity.
ξ Your child may have a mild to moderate
sore throat for the next 24 hours. Call if
the sore throat is severe or doesn’t go
ξ If your child had a “caudal” anesthetic to
reduce pain, full hip and leg strength
must return before you let your child
walk or run without help.
Food and Liquids
For the rest of today, start slowly and offer
your child clear liquids such as water, apple
juice, and soft drinks. When your child feels
ready, it is OK to try soup, soda crackers,
and other foods that are easy to digest.
Avoid milk products, spicy, or fatty foods.
Be sure to give your child several glasses of
clear liquids to avoid dehydration.
Tomorrow, you can let your child eat what
he or she wishes.
When to Call Your Doctor
Your child’s surgeon was
from the _______________________ clinic.
The clinic phone number is:
(608) _____________________. Call if you
have questions or concerns. If you live
outside the area, call our toll-free number
1-800-323-8942 (24 hr).
After hours, weekends, and holidays: Call
(608) 262-0486 (Paging Operator). Ask for
the doctor on call for
Give the operator your name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
call you back.
Call if your child has
ξ Trouble breathing or a “wet sounding”
cough that persists.
ξ Frequent vomiting after getting settled at
home (more than twice).
ξ Trouble urinating by late tonight (or has
a painful, full bladder).
Your child’s anesthesiologist was
The staff at the AFCH Surgical Services will
try to call you at home or work within the
next few days. We will ask a few questions
about your child’s recovery and the care
your child received. Let us know if this is
not possible or may be a problem.
We wish your child a quick recovery.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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