AT THE RECOVERY ROOM
DISORIENTATION AND ANXIETY
Most children will feel disoriented when they wake up from a general anaesthetic (GA). About 12-13% of children may develop a more severe dissociated state of consciousness. A child may be very irritable, uncooperative, inconsolable, and not able to recognize familiar people or objects. This condition is usually self-limiting and can last for 15 minutes or longer. It is usually quite distressing for parents to witness these unusual behaviours. If necessary, the anaesthetist may prescribe some medication to help calm your child.
It is very common for children to vomit at the time of recovery due to swallowed blood or the effect of anaesthetic. If there is excessive vomiting, some medication will be given to your child.
REMOVAL OF IV CANNULA
This can cause some distress to your child, please support your child with lots of tender loving care.