How to Prepare a Child for Surgery




Knowing how to prepare a child for surgery can make it a better experience for both of you. It is important to be honest with your child about what to expect, making sure the information is age-appropriate and delivered in a positive way.

Here are some resources to help you thoroughly prepare yourself and your child for surgery:

Questions to Ask Before Your Child’s Surgery

Steps for Preparing Your Child for Surgery

For Parents: What You Need to Know about Your Child’s Surgery

Parent to Parent: Patient Stories about Children and Anesthesia

ASA Brochure: When Your Child Needs Anesthesia (downloadable PDF)

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What is Anesthesiology

Total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.


Anesthesia Topics Quick Links

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In Case of Emergency

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Come Prepared

Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.