Side effects of sedating an infant
A registered nurse (RN) will join you and will go over the sedation process with you.A nurse practitioner and/or physician will examine your child before sedation begins.There are several levels of sedation: At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we provide inpatient and outpatient sedation for infants, children and adolescents in the Pediatric Sedation Unit.Our staff of highly trained pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and child life specialists works very closely with your child and family to determine the most appropriate sedation plan.Preparing your child for sedation depends on what works best for your child and family.For some children, telling them too far in advance of the procedure or test may actually increase their anxiety.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.
There is a cafeteria available; however, fragrant foods are discouraged on the unit as patients are fasting.
In this case, the best way to help prepare them is brief, factual information the morning of the procedure, or the day before the procedure.
Other children may need more time — a few days to a week — to process information, ask questions and get help working through coping strategies. Our triage nurse will call you the evening before your child's test or procedure to give you specific information about fasting.
Then, an intravenous catheter (IV) will be placed and secured in your child’s arm to give her fluids and the rest of the sedation medicine.
As your child is going to sleep, a calm approach on your part is best.