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How can I explain anesthesia to a child?

Children may have concerns about anesthesia before surgery. You can explain to them that there are no shots and it won't hurt.

Children who have to undergo anesthesia respond best to clear explanations that include seeing the surgical area ahead of time, pretend play such as with the oxygen mask and by having any misconceptions cleared up.

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