Anesthesia Treatments & Care

An anesthesiologist carefully reviews your child’s situation before deciding on a pain management plan.  We are available 24 hours a day to adjust or modify the plan, and at all times, a team of anesthesiologists and nurses work together to manage each patient’s pain. If your child is in severe pain, he or she will be given medication through an intravenous (IV) line or by mouth before the wound is taken care of. If old enough, your child can help control the pain by rating it with a scoring tool. This helps the healthcare team know when and how much pain medication to give so that your child can be more comfortable.

Could a child become addicted to pain medication?

This is very rare because children are given such small amounts of pain medication for short time periods.

How can a parent help ease the child’s discomfort?

The nurse and child life therapist at Boston Children’s can help you find ways to comfort and distract your child to decrease her or her anxiety. We also recognize that pain affects the quality of both the patient and the family’s daily life. Learning techniques to actively manage the pain helps the effectiveness of pain treatment. Therefore, we often refer patients and their families to a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain.