Jefferson University Hospitals

Pediatric Anesthesiology

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Pediatric Anesthesiology

At Jefferson, our pediatric anesthesia team focuses solely on the specific needs and considerations of children. We not only provide your child with the highest-quality anesthesia care from a medical standpoint, we do so in a warm, kid-friendly environment that addresses your child’s anxieties and fears.

Jefferson’s pediatric anesthesiologists are highly experienced professionals who have undergone advanced training in the specialty of pediatric anesthesia. They know how to examine and treat children of all ages, from infants through teens, to make the anesthesia experience a positive one.

Caring for Your Child

You – the child’s parent or caregiver – also play an important role in making sure your child’s anesthesia and surgical procedure is as safe and nonthreatening as possible.

Knowing what to expect about pediatric anesthesia and how to prepare for your child’s visit to the hospital will help make things go smoothly.

What You Need to Know

  • You should prepare for your child’s visit by withholding their food and water before arriving at the hospital. Know the restrictions to ensure your child’s safety.
  • Your child might be afraid of their upcoming procedure, especially if they are shy, have separation anxiety issues or if they’ve experienced an unpleasant hospital visit. Reassure your child by speaking with them using simple explanations.
  • Your child might receive different types of anesthesia prior to surgery to reduce anxiety and during surgery to control pain. Being “asleep” makes it easier for the doctors to perform your child’s procedure.  
  • A family member or caregiver is encouraged to be with the child in the recovery room after surgery. It’s important to know about, and not be alarmed by common and temporary surgical side effects.
  • Your child might feel the effects of sedation and surgery after they’re admitted to a hospital room or after they’re discharged from the hospital. Understand your role in monitoring their activities.

For more information, please call 215-955-6000 and ask for the Anesthesiology Department.