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Safety after Sedation

Sedation Medication:_________________________Date:___________

Your child was given medicine to help decrease anxiety or pain, or to cause sleep during a procedure or test. The medicine can take 5 to 30 minutes to work but the effects can last for 4 to 12 hours. An adult must closely supervise your child for at least the next 6 hours. Please talk to your child’s doctor about any medicines your child takes at home and when your child can resume home medications after sedation. Follow these guidelines to keep your child SAFE.

Possible Side Effects:

Depending on which medicine your child was given.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • More or less active than usual
  • Increased crying/fussiness

Sleep

Your child may sleep for 4-6 hours.

  1. Check your child often.
  2. Place your child on his/her side during sleep.
  3. If your child is still asleep after 3 - 4 hours, make sure you can wake your child up briefly. Check his/her breathing and color.
  4. Your child may wake up during the night.
  5. Your child may be irritable or hyperactive when awake tonight.

Activity

  1. DO NOT let your child walk/crawl alone until the sedation has worn off.
  2. Stay with your child while he/she is bathing or showering for the first 24 hours after he/she received sedation.
  3. Limit activities that require skill or thought: no bike riding, skateboarding, rough play, playground equipment, or climbing stairs.
  4. Patients should NOT drive anything for at least the next 6 hours.

Feeding

  1. DO NOT feed your child until he/she is fully awake.
  2. Start with clear liquids (juice, ginger ale, popsicles, Jell-O) then slowly advance to a regular diet.
  3. Absolutely NO ALCOHOL for at least 24 hours. Make sure there is no alcohol in medicines given at home.  

Emergency

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if your child has:

  • Trouble breathing (too fast, too slow, or unusual)
  • Very pale or grayish skin color
  • Problems waking up
  • Persistent vomiting

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 11/2008