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This information is designed to help family members learn about recovery from surgery at Comer Children's. You will find information about how children and teenagers commonly react or behave following surgery and anesthesia. This information is general and is not specific to every child who has surgery. Talk to your doctor if you have specific questions.
Your child's anesthesiologist will discuss pain control options with you before surgery. Sometimes, pain medicine is given to the patient before he or she leaves the operating room, which means the child may not be in discomfort when they wake up.
A child who is crying may not necessarily be in pain. Staff will assess your child for discomfort and will treat pain as quickly as possible. Crying may also be due to the child being in an unfamiliar environment.