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Anesthesia is medicine that keeps your child from feeling pain during a test or procedure. There are 3 types of anesthesia:
Your child may also receive "sedation." A sedative will not put your child to sleep. It will help them relax, and they will not remember much of the procedure. Your child might get local or regional anesthesia along with a sedative.
Anesthesia can stay in your child’s body for 24 hours or more. During or after anesthesia, your child:
If this happens while your child is traveling in a car or a plane, you will not be able to get your child the help they need right away.
In general, your child should be able to travel by car after being released from recovery. Your child should not fly until at least 4 hours after being released from recovery. You should stay on the hospital campus during that time. Check with your child's care team for guidelines specific to your child's procedure.
Minor procedures may include:
Often, your child will be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay after a major procedure. Or, they may be required to stay in housing near the hospital. Check with your child's care team for guidelines specific to your child.
Major procedures may include:
If your child has severe health problems such as heart or breathing issues, talk to the doctor who gives anesthesia to find out when your child can safely leave.
Infants may need to follow special guidelines:
Depending on your child’s health history, the doctor might decide to admit them as an inpatient. Check with the care team for guidelines specific to your child.
Reviewed: December 2022