Pediatric Anesthesia




When Your Child Needs Anesthesia

A hospital visit can be an anxious time for you and your child.  You both will meet many doctors, nurses and other people who will do their best to make your experience a positive one.  Just as there are doctors who specialize in different aspects of a child’s hospital care such as pediatricians and surgeons, there are doctors called anesthesiologists with special training in the anesthetic care of children.


Questions to Ask Before Your Child’s Surgery

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

Steps for Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Parent to Parent: Patient Stories about Children and Anesthesia

Does Anesthesia Affect My Child? - Review this letter from the ASA to learn more about existing data in the area and also learn more about resources to tap should your child need surgery and anesthesia. 



Helpful Links

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

Download, print, fill out, and keep this checklist. It just may save your life.


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.