What if my child is scared?

Each patient’s anesthesia needs are unique and can vary depending on their health or type of surgery they require. Most often, a premedication, given through the mouth (in a cherry flavored drink) or the nose (as with nose drops) helps the patient to relax. These medications reduce any anxiety children may be feeling about the surgery or about missing their family. Also, these medications are potent memory suppressants—children usually do not recall separation from family or falling asleep after receiving these medications. Older children will typically require an IV (intravenous line) prior to going to the operating room. At Norton, a special “J-tip” numbing device is used to numb the skin without any needles. This new technology has taken away much of the distress even older children may feel about needles and IVs.