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Children with asthma are at higher risk for bad reactions, like breathing problems, either during or after surgery. If your child has asthma, you can help reduce the risk by making sure  their asthma is well managed before the procedure or operation.

Children with asthma may have symptoms like:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness or breath
  • Sensitivity to irritants like cold air, common allergens and second-hand smoke

If your child has asthma and often has these symptoms, please book an appointment with your family doctor or paediatrician to try to get them under control well before their procedure or operation.  A change in medicine or a visit to a specialist may be needed. Please book this appointment at least six weeks in advance of the surgery, procedure or test.

If you have questions about anesthesia and your child’s asthma, please contact the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic for more information.

Asthma medication on the day of surgery

It is very important that you bring your child’s puffer or other medicine to treat symptoms, on the day of surgery. Your child should take any prescribed asthma medicines (such as Flovent) as usual on the morning of surgery. Your child may be asked to take this medicine, even when not having symptoms on the day of the procedure and possibly in the days before as well.