Your child needs a surgical procedure that requires the use of some form of anesthesia. It’s natural to have some concerns—after all, anesthesia involves the use of sometimes-powerful drugs to deaden the pain of a procedure or put the patient to sleep, and a child’s small body may respond differently to these drugs than an adult would. Let’s discuss some things you need to know to ensure your child’s safety when anesthesia is needed.
Types of Anesthesia
Depending on whether your child’s procedure is major or minor, the surgeon may utilize anesthesia in one of three ways:
Of these three types, local anesthesia is the safest for your child, and general anesthesia (while still fairly safe today) requires more careful monitoring for side effects and complications.
Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Common side effects of anesthesia include nausea, chills, sore throat or agitation when the medicine wears off. These symptoms are considered normal and may be treated with some medications when needed. In rare cases, a child may have a stronger reaction causing complications. These include:
Your anesthesiologist will monitor your child carefully for early warning signs of these complications, but if the doctor or anesthesiologist fails to advise you about the specific drugs being used and their risks—ask.
Additional Safety Tips with Anesthesia
The practice of anesthesiology is safer now than ever before, and a good doctor and anesthesiologist should advise you of any potential risks and concerns for your child. However, if you believe your child has suffered harm due to improper use of anesthesia, our Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys can help. Call our office for more information.
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