Anesthesia In Children
What is a pediatric age group?
It ranges from a newborn until 18 years of age.
We take them as neonates, infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-going groups.
What is anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a state in which patients are unconscious and pain-free.
Who is a pediatric anesthesiologist?
Pediatric anesthesiologists are those who are well trained in handling babies and children with their special requirements. They have lots of experience in dealing with small babies as they selectively work with this age group. Other than administering anesthesia, they also take care of, pain relief in the immediate postoperative period.
They are the ones, who love pediatric anesthesia and their little patients.
How do we prepare children for anesthesia?
It depends on the age of the child and the nature of surgery.
Usually, preparation starts right from a preoperative visit. This gives us a chance to understand the child, and at times pick up this extra sensitive who special ire extra special care.
It is imperative for us to make children of the respective age group to understand what they are going through. Age-appropriate information has to be given to them. As it is their body that is going to be operated or a child might not trust us on other similar occasions. For example, a parent might tell the child that he is here only to take a photo or a dressing and would be back home, this child obviously later experiences that this statement was false. He might not then trust his elders.
Preparation for Paediatric anesthesia is done in the following steps
History – To assess previous illnesses, surgeries, allergies.
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Dr. Bhavesh Doshi MBBS, MS, M.CH
Dr Bhavesh Doshi
Dr. Bhavesh Doshi is a General, Laparoscopic and Pediatric surgeon in Mumbai..