After your child has had a scan under anaesthetic
This page explains about what to expect after your child has had a scan under anaesthetic at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
It is unusual to feel some discomfort after a scan under anaesthetic. If your child is uncomfortable, usually paracetamol will be enough to relieve any pain but if he or she needs stronger medication, we will give you some before you go home.
Always follow the instructions on the pain relief bottle or packet and never give your child more than the recommended dose.
Is there anything else I can do to make my child feel better?
As well as giving pain relief medicines, distracting your child by playing games, watching TV or reading together can also help to keep your child’s mind off any pain.
My child does not want to eat. Should I be worried?
After the anaesthetic, your child may feel sick for 24 hours. You should encourage your child to drink but do not force him or her to do so. As long as your child is drinking, it does not matter if he or she does not feel like eating for the first couple of days.
Are there any activities my child should avoid?
Your child may be tired and a little clumsy for 24 hours after the anaesthetic, so do not let him or her do anything that might lead to a fall. You should keep your child away from school or nursery for one day until he or she has recovered from the anaesthetic.
When should I contact the hospital or my family doctor (GP)?
- If your child is not drinking any fluids after the first day back home.
We will call you at home to check that your child is making a good recovery. Before you leave Island Day Unit, please tell the nurse when would be the best time to call you.
Island Day Unit tel: 020 7813 8454
Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital: April 2007
Ref: F070009 © GOSH Trust April 2007
Compiled by the Island Day Unit in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group.
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.