Children are not just miniature adults. Each stage of childhood from birth through the teenage years is unique. A child 's anatomy, physiology (how the body works) and social and psychological needs all vary greatly at different stages of development. Children also suffer from different illnesses and conditions and manifest illness in very different ways than adults. In addition, there are significant differences in the ways children react to and recover from the medicines and anesthetics used in the operating room and sedation suites. These important distinctions affect the environment, medicines, equipment, and methods used to provide safe and stress-free anesthesia to kids.
Through advanced fellowship training, pediatric anesthesiologists are best equipped to understand the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children. Specialty training and anesthetic practice solely devoted to pediatric care equip the pediatric anesthesiologist with the medical knowledge and technical skill to provide the safest anesthetic care for children.
Pediatric anesthesiologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric anesthesiologists use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician or surgeon suggests that your child be cared for by a pediatric anesthesiologist, you can be assured that he or she has the most extensive and complete training, the widest range of treatment options, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and their anesthesiology needs.