Preparing your child for anaesthesia

preparing your child for anaesthesia
Last Friday Lulu had a CT Scan at the hospital. Sounds fairly simple but when you have a CT Scan you have to lay perfectly still for at least 5 minutes. A completely impossible task for a three year old. In order for small ones to stay still they have to under go a general anaesthetic. While Lulu has gone under general anaesthetic before, you are always a little apprehensive about a general. Plus this was the first time where Lulu would be completely aware of what was happening to her and could articulate her feelings. We thought it best to prepare her for anaesthesia.  

The night before
The night before I had explained to Lulu that for this test she would need to be asleep. She was a little worried about this because she didn’t want to have to wake up in the morning and then try to fall asleep again at the hospital. I went on to explain that the anaesthetist would give her some medicine that would help her sleep. This made way more sense to Lulu, because really, what 3 year old wants to wake up only to have to try to go to sleep again?

The Anaesthesia
At the hospital, anaesthetist explained to Lulu that he would need her help blowing up a big balloon. She’s need to blow really big 10 times, making the balloon grow big each time. It worked a treat and she did exactly as asked, falling asleep quite quickly. She was under long enough for us to get coffee and then drink it in the waiting corridor. One of us was then called to go in and wait with her as she was waking up. Nick went in. I would forever be in trouble for not being there when she woke up. Also because I hadn’t gotten the lollipop I had promised (though I did have Frozen stickers & princess band aids!). Once I was allowed in too, Nick went and sourced the promised lollipop. When asked about her day by friends of ours that night, Lulu only mentioned that she received a lollipop. Nothing was said about the CT Scan. Remember lollipops have the ability to wipe out your memory!

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