Patient Resources

Your Child's Anesthetic and Recovery

The pediatric anesthesia specialists at AAPA understand that when a child has surgery, it can be a stressful and emotional time for the parents and family. Our anesthesiologists and CRNAs will try to make this a positive experience for both you and your child. Below are some common questions that parents often ask. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 612-452-0858.

Can I be with my child in the operating room?

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Yes! In most cases you can accompany your child into the induction or operating room and hold your child as they fall asleep. A staff member will then escort you to the family waiting area.

How many people are permitted in the operating room at the start of my child's anesthetic?

For safety reasons, only one person may accompany the child into the operating room.

How soon can I see my child after the operating is done?

We make every effort to include parents in the child's recovery as soon as possible.  

What about managing pain at home?

It is important to follow the pain management instructions that you receive from your surgeon. If your child received pain medications that include Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the recovery room, it is important to wait six hours before giving any additional Tylenol, or medications that may contain Tylenol.

When can my child eat or drink?

Unless there are restrictions due to the type of procedure that your child had, your child can eat or drink as soon as they are awake enough to safely swallow food or liquids. Start with small sips of liquids, popsicles, and soft, bland foods.

Where can I find more information?

The Children's Hospital website is an excellent resource for parents. You can find it at If you have a question specifically related to anesthesia, please don't hesitate to contact us.