After receiving a general anaesthetic, your child’s co-ordination may be affected and he/she may be slightly muddled during the first 48 hours. It is therefore important to follow the instructions below during those first 48 hours following discharge form hospital.

A general anaesthetic often makes children more tired and miserable than usual.  Do not worry as this is normal.  If you have any concerns, please contact your GP.

It is important that your child remains with a responsible adult for the first 48 hours immediately after discharge from hospital.

  • Depending on the extent of the surgery, your child may need to rest the day after surgery.
  • DO NOT allow your child to ride a bicycle, play on trampolines or allow them to be in charge of other apparatus requiring skill or co-ordination.  (No sports) for 48 hours.
  • DO NOT allow them to use appliances which may cause harm or injury for 48 hours.


Before going home your child should have had something to eat and drink without vomiting.

Start with fluids, water, squash or juice and if tolerating these, add solid food later that day or the following day.

Some children may feel sick after a general anaesthetic.  If this happens, encourage them to lie down and take clear fluids only until they are feeling better.  If vomiting continues, please contact your GP or your local Emergency Department.

What should I do if my child is in pain:

We do not usually give you pain relief to take home with you.  If your child is in pain, give him/her paracetamol and/or ibuprofen, available from most supermarkets or chemists.  Follow the instructions on the bottle or box.

Ref: 10/21/138

Review: 10/23