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What is anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a group of medicines that allow patients to receive tests, procedures or operations comfortably.  This can be done with many levels of sedation, from numbing an area to inducing a deep sleep.  Anesthesia will be given to your child by a special doctor called an anesthesiologist.

General anesthesia is medicine that will make your child go into a deep sleep.  You child will not remember anything that happens during this sleep and will not feel any pain.  When the procedure or operation is over, the anesthesiologist will wake up your child and continue to care for them.

What you need to know?

Anesthesia is a very common, but powerful medicine that can cause side-effects. You need to be aware that there is a small risk that your child will experience side effects to anesthesia.  Whether your child is having surgery, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or any other test/procedure under general anesthesia or sedation, there are steps you need to follow to keep them safe.