Taking Your Child Home after General Anesthesia
For MRI or CT Scan
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.
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
the test. Your child should rest and relax
for the next 12 hours. Avoid hazardous
or strenuous activity.
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
The IV site may be tender for awhile.
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
When to Call Your Doctor
If you live outside the area, call
After hours, weekends, and holidays: Call
608-262-0486 (Paging Operator). Ask for
the anesthesia doctor on call. Give the
operator your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you
Call if your child has
A fever above 100°F (by mouth) or 99°
F (under the arm) for 2 readings taken 4
Trouble breathing or a “wet sounding”
cough that doesn’t go away.
Frequent vomiting after getting settled at
home (more than twice).
Trouble urinating by late tonight (or has
a painful, full bladder).
Your child’s anesthesiologist was Dr.
In an Emergency, CALL 911
The staff from the Diagnostic Therapy
Center 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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