You and your child will meet your anesthesiologist before surgery. You will be asked questions about your child's medical history, allergies, current medications, previous anesthetic experience and current health status. Your child's airway, heart and lungs will be examined carefully. Laboratory tests may include a blood count, kidney function tests, liver function tests, clotting studies and/or cardiac echo.
If extremely anxious, your child may be sedated with a medication usually given intravenously (IV). This helps relax the child, makes the separation process from the parents smoother, and often provides amnesia so your child does not remember the experience.