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Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:37 pm Post subject: anesthesia and kids

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My one year old needs surgery on both feet. He also has asthmatic tendancies. How safe is the anesthesia with his asthma?

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Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:39 pm Post subject: anesthesia and children

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for the mother of the asthmatic child:

foot surgery is a peripheral procedure, though, it is likely that the child will still be under general anesthesia. very often, to be asleep requires an airway or breathing tube. the placement of that breathing tube and the medicines that are given to relax the muscles sometimes can aggravate asthmatic symptoms. the general anesthesia gases, on the other hand, can be relaxing to the airway passages.

if his asthma is not very severe, it should not be problematic. sometimes, a breathing airway called "LMA" can be used during anesthesia, which is Less stimulating than other breathing tubes.

hydration is important, so good fluid intake the day before the surgery is important, along with a good schedule of breathing medications if he is on them.

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Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:41 pm Post subject: childhood asthma and anesthesia

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it is also a good idea to ask for a specialist in pediatric anesthesia, that is, one who is specially trained and experienced in giving anesthesia to children.

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