general anesthesia for baby one yr old(7 posts)
Mary, The anesthesia was the biggest worry for me. My daughter was 23 months when she had a different procedure done to her hand, but still had to undergo general anesthesia for about 3 hours. I asked our doctor several questions about the anesthesiologist -- and he told me that she was the anesth. for his daughter when she had to undergo a life-threatening operation (so I felt as secure as possible in her abilities). I would ask questions about the anesth. experience working with children and infants. Anesthesiology is a precise science based on weight and (somewhat) age of the person. Also know that if your child has a cold or even the sniffles then the operation should be postponed, as those things can affect the anesthesia. My DD's surgery was in early March and I kept her away from as many kids as possible the 2 weeks before her surgery (I gave her daycare provider an extra bottle of hand sanitizer and asked that she clean T's hands several times a day, as I really didn't want her to catch a cold and have to postpone the surgery (especially since I was pregnant and due in about 6 weeks). There should not be any developmental problems or side effects (once the grogginess wears off) from the anesthesia. Newborns have had to undergo emergency surgeries and aneshesia and not had side effects. As long as you have a good, reputable anestheologist you're daughter will be fine. One thing that our hospital allowed was for us to take her into the surgical room (probably so she wouldn't start crying if they'd taken her away from us). My husband held our daughter while they put her under and then we both gave her a little kiss before leaving. It really choked him up because he could feel her little body going limp as she fell asleep, I was actually very calm. They also sent our word a couple of times that everything was going well. I'm not sure if they do that at all hospitals but we liked those approaches. Best of luck. Karen
thanks Karen for sharing your experience.. I really appreciate that. I feel better after reading your story. I have read this one too from website http://www.capanes.com, capitol anesthesiology association. Is it safe for children to have general anesthesia? Yes, indeed. The risk of serious complications occurring in otherwise healthy children as a result of exposure to anesthesia is very low. Goodluck to all of us.. thanks br, mary (blessed with wonderful daughter Althea)
I thought I posted yesterday, but apparently hit a wrong key so here goes again. When my DD was 23 months she had surgery on her hand (different condition however). Anesthesia was my biggest concern as you sometimes here of something that went wrong. I asked our doctor a few questions about the anestheologist and her qualifications. He assured me that she had done anesthesia for many children, including his own daughter. A co-worker whose father is a world-reknown anestheologist (they actually have those) told me that it is all based on weight and very formulaic. Although I was mostly relieved I was still nervous, but everything turned out just fine. One thing to know is that if your daughter has a cold or even the sniffles than the surgery should be postponed as it can affect the anesthesia. Your daughter will probably have to do a pre-op check (about 5-7 days before surgery) to make sure everything sounds good, she's healthy enough, etc. Your ped. can do it. Our hospital (in Baltimore, MD) allowed us to take our daughter into the operating room and then put the mask on her while my DH held her. I think for young children it helps keep them relaxed and not fight it. Not sure if all hospitals do that. Best of luck. Karen
Try not to worry. My daughter Helen (Fibular Hemimelia) had anesthesia at 8 months and again at 1 day prior to her first birthday. She did extremely well in both circumstances. We are at UCLA Medical Center. Hope this helps to hear the success stories. Amy
Mary, I just wanted to share another positive experience to help ease your mind. My son Gabe went under general anesthesia when he was 6 months old for hand surgery. I don't remember exactly how long he was under, about 2 hours I think. He had his procedure done at a children's hospital so I was confident that the person who was adminstering the anesthesia was used to working with children. I too was very worried before the surgery. Mostly about the anesthesia. It really was fine. There were no effects beyond the day of the surgery. So far, 1 year and 4 months later, Gabe is a "normal" almost 2 year old. Hope this helps, Suzanne (mom to Gabe 22 months left hand symbrachdactyly , Sophie 5, and Gisella 3.5)
Hi Karen, Suzanne, and Amy Thank you all for sharing your experiences. It's a relief having heard your success stories. My baby Althea's surgery is next month already, please help pray for my child. Thank you so much all. Br, Mary
My baby has a short radius right arm and her elbow is bowed by 45deg. Her thumb is also hanging. She is scheduled to have a centralization of the wrist on September 19, 2007 with Dr Terry Light in Loyola Maywood, Illinois. I'm beginning to get nervous about the general anesthesia that will be given to my child. I'm afraid that because she's so little, it might have a side effect on her, worst case is the brain or developmental problem. For those who already experienced centralization surgery on their child, please enlighten me with regards to general anesthesia...and possible side effect to my child.
Thank you so much.
God Bless us all.
Mary (mom of althea, short radius right arm, hanging thumb)
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