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Anxiolysis In Children


Anxiolysis is when your child is given medicine to stay calm and comfortable during a procedure. Children who are scared or in pain may have anxiolysis so they can be worked on more easily. Your child will be alert and able to talk, sit up, and breathe normally before he is released. Anxiolysis is designed so that it does not cause any long-term effects.


Watch your child:

Your child may be sleepy and clumsy. He may fall asleep on the way home. Watch closely so his head does not fall forward, because his airway may be blocked.

Eating and drinking after anxiolysis:

Children up to age 12 months can eat when they are hungry. Older children should wait to eat for at least 2 hours. Limit the amount of fluid your child drinks. He may vomit if he drinks too much fluid.

Activity after anxiolysis:

Make sure your child does not play roughly for at least 12 hours. He may have slow reflexes or be clumsy. Watch your child when he does activities that may hurt him. For example, if he is riding his bike, he may have a hard time keeping his balance and fall.

Bathing after anxiolysis:

Your child should not take a bath or shower for at least 12 hours. He may be sleepy or clumsy and can slip and fall in the bath.

Give your child's medicine as directed:

Call your child's primary healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not helping or if he has side effects. Tell your child's primary healthcare provider if your child takes any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines he takes. Include the amounts, and when and why he takes them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.

Follow up with your child's primary healthcare provider:

Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them in the follow-up visits.

Contact your child's primary healthcare provider if:

  • Your child received the medicine in his nose, and the inside of his nose is bothering him.
  • Your child complains of pain or swelling where he got an injection (shot).
  • Your child complains of feeling itchy or has a rash.
  • Your child is vomiting.
  • Your child has muscle spasms.
  • Your child seems anxious or excited.
  • Your child seems confused or sleepy. He may be breathing slowly.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has a seizure (uncontrolled shaking).
  • Your child is wheezing or having trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.