Posted in Child's Health, Toddlers

Anyone have experience with a young toddler (16 months) needing a ct scan and having to be sedated?

  • Anonymous
    Apr 15

    No, but I my 1st had surgery at UNC when he was 15 months, and my 2nd had surgery at Wakemed Raleigh when he was 3 months old. Are you worried about the sedation? And wondering what to expect?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 15

    Yes, those exact questions.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 15

    So I'm going to assume since they have to sedate him the process will be similar to surgery. You will go in with him, at Wakemed they gave masks for the kids to practice breathing in to it. They will give him a gown to dress in and then when they are ready they will take him back without you. At UNC with my 15 mo, 2 doctors came in all happy and excited, took him from us and walked away quickly and happy, he never even whimpered. I don't know how yours reacts around strangers, but trust me the more emotions you show and the longer you try and drag out a goodbye the harder it will be for everyone so just be prepared to kiss, hug, and hand over. Then cry when baby can't see you. So in recovery... They usually wait until they have slept for at least 30 minutes after the procedure before they come and get you so it gives them time adjust to the drugs and wake up slowly. You will come back and sit with them, they will be hooked up to different tubes, and they will tell you not to wake them up. The sooner they wake up the worse they will feel and the more upset they will be. My son woke up, looked around like he was drunk, said hi to everyone, drank some juice, had some crackers and we went home. My boys are now 3 and 7.5 months and as far as I can tell the anesthesia has had zero effects on them developmentally.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 16

    Thank you. How did you feel about WakeMed? I’ve only been to rex for births purely because that’s where my ob delivers and haven’t had an experience with WakeMed.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 16

    My first was born in Virginia, and had his procedure at UNC. My 2nd was born at Wakemed Cary, and my 2nd has had 2 procedures at Wakemed Raleigh. I can't compare it to Rex, but both Wakemed experiences were positive. They are organized, and informative. UNC was a little more confusing to navigate, but still a positive experience. The biggest difference was UNCs anesthesiologist bills separate, and is not covered by insurance, Wakemed's was covered, you might contact your insurance to make sure.