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Forum Name: Pediatric Topics

Question: two year old getting ready for surgery

 lisalisa - Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:34 pm

My two year old grandson is getting ready for surgery to repair inguinal surgery. I know that getting the IV will be traumatic for him. Do they sedate before the IV insertion?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:01 pm

User avatar Some pediatric facilities do this but it will depend on the anesthesiologist and the hospital or surgical center. You might call the facility and ask for the anesthesia department to get an answer about this. They also sometimes use topical anesthetic to numb the area before insertion.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:42 pm

User avatar If the anesthesiologist is a pediatric trained anesthesiologist they will often have the child go to sleep by breathing in some anesthetic. When the child is asleep they start the IV.

Also, it is very likely that the amnestic affect of the anesthetic will make him not remember the IV afterwards.

The topical numbing medications that Debbie has mentioned can be very effective as well.

Best wishes.

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