The risk of major disability or death in a child after anaesthesia is extremely low.

Children having a routine procedure have a very low risk of any anaesthetic-related complications both during and after the procedure .  


  • Chest infection from vomit coming up from the stomach and going into the lungs (one in 5,000 children). This is the reason why fasting is so important.
  • Serious allergic reaction to one of the medications given (one in 20,000 children).
Last updated Thursday 1st February 2024