Topic: Tests & Procedures
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about preparation for moderate sedation. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS MODERATE SEDATION?
Moderate sedation is a medicine that makes your child sleepy and drowsy.
WHY IS MODERATE SEDATION NECESSARY?
Your child needs to be perfectly still or asleep for a test. If your child moves, the test cannot be done.
HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR MODERATE SEDATION?
Your child will not be allowed to eat or drink for a period of time before receiving the medication that causes sedation. It is important for your child’s stomach to remain empty. Sometimes during moderate sedation, it is easier for your child to vomit. If your child vomits during sedation and has a full stomach, your child may have problems with choking and this can be serious. If your child requires any medications at home for seizures, heart or breathing problems, gastrointestinal reflux or Attention Deficit Disorder, please check with your doctor to see if they need to take these medications even though they are not eating and drinking.
WHEN DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO STOP EATING AND DRINKING?
It depends on the dietary needs of your child and the health problems that your child may have.
General Guidelines Include:
Solids/Milk/Formula: 6 hours before the test
Breast Milk: 4 hours before the test
Clear Liquids: 2 hours before the test (includes water, Kool-Aid, apple juice - no pulp)
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MY CHILD RECEIVES MODERATE SEDATION?
A doctor or nurse will examine your child. He or she will ask you questions about your child’s medical history. These questions will include any allergies to foods or drugs, previous medical problems and reactions to any drugs.
HOW WILL MY CHILD RECEIVE THE MODERATE SEDATION MEDICATION?
The method of receiving the medication depends on the child and the test being done. Some medication can be given by mouth. Other medication must be given through a small tubing in the child’s vein. If the child must have the medication through a small tubing in a vein, the doctors and nurses will help your child through the process, such as playing with your child or using a numbing medication before the small tube is inserted.
WILL I BE ABLE TO STAY WITH MY CHILD DURING THE SEDATION?
Please discuss this with your child’s doctors and nurses. Many parents become upset when they see their child having these tests and then the child becomes more upset. However, many parents are of help to his/her child prior to sedation and during the tests. After the sedation, the child will need to recover and wake up. Your child will usually be very sleepy. Some children (those who are babies or who have other health problems) may need to stay in the hospital for 8-12 hours after the sedation. These children are admitted to the Almost Home Unit (short-stay) until they are fully awake. You can stay with your child during this time.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SEDATION?
The doctors and nurses carefully watch your child to make sure that they are sleepy/drowsy so that the test can be done. They watch to make sure that your child’s heart and lungs are working well through the test.
Your child is scheduled for sedation at _____________ on __________________. Please arrive ___________________________ for the procedure.
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Corregido: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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