Risks of sedating children
Some of the medications used for pediatric sedation include: If your child needs a test or procedure that requires her to sit or lay still for a few minutes or several hours, she may need pediatric sedation.Sedation helps your child remain calm and relaxed, and can assist us in getting the most accurate results possible.
Medications and levels of sedation are chosen based on your child’s needs and developmental level, duration of the test or procedure and invasiveness of the procedure.If your child doesn't feel well on the day of the appointment, it may be hard to lie still.If your child has a cold or is sick the day of the scan, please call the Imaging Department at (414) 266-8663.After sedation, most children are sleepy the rest of the day. On the day of the test, you will be given special instructions that will help you care for your child at home.Plan to watch your child closely for a full day after the sedation.The nurse will monitor your child’s heart rate, breathing, and oxygen levels.
All of our nurses are specially trained to respond quickly to any changes in your child’s condition. Infants younger than 9 months of age have special requirements and need to stay longer than older children.
The time needed for sedation will depend on the procedure being done and the sedation medicine that your child receives. Your nurse will help you plan based on your child’s age and the procedure your child is having.
Your child will need to lie very still during the scan.
Your child should not eat or drink anything prior to receiving sedation.
Use this guide: It is important that you follow these special instructions.
The following are some general guidelines: To make sedation as easy as possible for you and your child, please bring anything you think will be comforting or entertaining during expected wait times.