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Moderate Sedation In Children


Moderate sedation, or conscious sedation, is medicine used during procedures to help your child feel relaxed and calm. He will be awake and able to follow directions without anxiety or pain. He will remember little to none of the procedure. Moderate sedation can be used for procedures such as wound repair, fracture reduction, or a lumbar puncture. The medicine is given as a pill, shot, inhaled solution, or injection through an IV.


Watch your child closely for 24 hours:

Watch your child while he rests or sleeps at home. Stay close to your child in case he vomits or has trouble breathing.

Give your child food and liquids as directed:

Your child may not be able to eat for 2 hours after the procedure. Ask about giving your baby breast milk or formula.

Limit activities for 24 hours:

Do not allow active play, such as bike rides or swimming, until the next day. Do not leave your child alone while he plays. Do not let your older child drive for 24 hours.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever, cough, or headache.
  • Your child has an upset stomach or feels like vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has trouble breathing.
  • Your child has a seizure.
  • Your child cannot talk, move, or see normally within a few hours of the procedure.

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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.