Pain relieving drugs are given during the anaesthetic to ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible after surgery. The type and strength of pain relief given will depend on the procedure.
Your child will be in the recovery room after the operation and will be assessed by the nursing staff for any pain, nausea or vomiting and making sure there is no excessive bleeding from the operation site. Once this assessment has been made and your child is starting to wake up, depending on the hospital, you will be called to come into the recovery room, or your child will be returned to you on the ward.
Often a child will cry upon waking from an anaesthetic even if they are not in pain. This may be due to waking in an unfamiliar environment and the child often settles with parental reassurance. Sometimes it is due to a type of confusion that can be caused by anaesthesia called emergence delirium. Children with this condition may be agitated, restless, confused and will not engage or respond to normal comfort measures. It is most common in preschool children and in some ways similar to night terrors. It resolves with time and with no lasting ill-effects.