Risks of sedating children

An imaging team member will decide if it is safe to sedate your child.

The team member will ask you about your child's medical history, medications, allergies, and past responses (if any) to sedation.

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.

It can help minimize your child’s fears and anxiety during a test or procedure.

Sedation, in combination with pain medication, is also used to help children remain comfortable during painful procedures.

Most sedation medicines are given through an intravenous (IV) line.

We strive to provide the best and safest care for your child. Please contact us if your child is ill on the day of the procedure.

Your child may need to come back another day, when he or she is feeling better.

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.

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