Any time a child requires a hospital visit, it can cause anxiety for both a parent and the child. This especially may be the case when the visit involves any type of procedure that might require anesthesia. Examples of such procedures are surgery, medical imaging, and certain tests to examine the stomach or intestines. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about anesthesia.

Anesthesia is medicine that allows surgery, a medical test, or medical treatment to be done without pain, memory, or movement. Anesthesia will temporarily put your child to sleep. The type of anesthesia given will depend on your child’s health and special needs, as well as the procedure.

Your child’s comfort and safety are very important. Before, during, and after anesthesia, your child’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, temperature, and oxygen level in the blood are watched. Your child will remain “asleep” until the...

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