Procedural Sedation, Child

Medicine(s) were given today to help your child feel comfortable and relaxed during a test or treatments. Like any medicines, these can cause unwanted but temporary effects.


The medicine(s) given can cause nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, clumsiness, memory loss, or poor balance. The medicine(s) can cause poor judgment, leading children to do things they would not normally do. These symptoms should be gone in 12 to 24 hours. To keep your child safe after sedation:

  • Two adults should be present on the drive home. One adult should drive. The other adult should sit next to the child in case the child becomes nauseous or falls asleep in an awkward position.

  • Do not give your child food or drink for 2 hours. If your child is under 1 year of age, he or she may be fed half of a normal feeding 1 hour after you go home.

  • Your child should not engage in play that requires normal balance, strength, or coordination. Avoid swimming, biking, skating, climbing, and activities at heights. Stay away from swing sets, monkey bars, or stairs for the next 12 hours. Children may hurt themselves if playing in these situations while there is still medicine in their systems. Younger children should not bathe alone.

  • Check on your child frequently for the next 12 hours. Activities should be supervised. Older children should not cook or use electrical appliances, hand tools, or power tools. If they do any of these, they must be watched very closely.


  • Breathing problems develop.

  • Your child's skin is pale or bluish in color.

  • Pain is getting worse and is not helped by medicine.

  • There is bleeding or swelling.

  • A temperature over 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

  • Your child is still sleepy or wobbly after 24 hours.