After Surgery

When Your Child Returns to You

The best way to comfort your child is with quiet words and gentle touches. Most children will probably be somewhat uncomfortable. They may feel sick to their stomachs from the anesthesia. They may be feeling pain that requires medicine.

The Day Surgery department nurses will care for your child until he is ready to go home. If the doctor decides your child needs to be watched overnight, the nurses will transfer your child to a room in the hospital for overnight observation.

The Day Surgery department nurses will check your child frequently. They will check your child's wakefulness, ability to drink and keep down liquids, and the need for pain medicine.

  • Your child may feel irritable and even sad. This is normal. Allow them to express their feelings. Treat them with gentleness and understanding.
  • Encourage your child to sip small amounts of liquid or to chew on ice chips provided by the nurse.
  • Your child may need medicine to help control his pain.
  • Please tell your child's nurse if you think your child is in pain.

After Surgery

  • After surgery, your child may be taken to the recovery room, where he will be closely monitored. Parents cannot come into this area. When your child is ready, he will be brought to the post-op room. At this point he will be awake but probably still sleepy.
  • When your child wakes up, he will be offered clear liquids to drink. Once he is awake and drinking, the I.V. will be removed. If your child has a favorite cup, sippy cup, or bottle please bring it with you. 
  • Don't be alarmed if your child acts upset (crying, screaming, thrashing) as the anesthesia wears off. This is a very common side effect. It is nothing to be afraid of, and it does not mean that anything went wrong.
  • Your child's doctor will talk to you while you are in post-op. A nurse will write down the information you need to care for your child. 

Admission for Overnight Observation

If your child needs overnight observation, you will go with him to a room in the hospital's Patient Care Area.

Observation allows your child to have nursing care until your child's doctor decides it is OK for him to go home (or that he needs a longer hospital stay).

A parent or relative over 18 years of age is encouraged to stay overnight with your child in the hospital room.

Instructions for Care at Home

Before your child leaves the hospital, you will be shown how to care for him at home. The instructions will be given to you by a nurse and written down for you to take home. Instructions may include pain medicine, activity level, diet and/or rest.

Follow these instructions and you may be amazed at how quickly your child is back to his normal activities.


  • When your child's doctor says it is OK to go home, we will begin the checkout process.
  • We understand that you are eager to go home as soon as possible. We will do all we can to make the checkout go swiftly.
  • Check to make sure you have all the personal items you brought with you.

Ready for the Ride Home!

  • For his safety, your child may ride in a wheelchair or wagon when he leaves the hospital.
  • Children are much safer traveling in a child safety seat or booster seat that is correct for their age and size. Georgia law requires that children age 4 and under use an approved child safety seat. All children under the age of 18 must wear a safety belt while riding in a vehicle.