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Procedural Sedation (Child)

Your child was given medicine to prepare for a procedure. This may have included both a pain medicine and a sleeping medicine. Most of the effects will wear off before your child is discharged. But drowsiness may continue for the first 6 to 8 hours after the procedure.

Home Care

Follow these guidelines after your child returns home:

  • For the first 6 hours after the procedure, watch your child closely. It is OK to let your child sleep. But, wake your child up every 2 hours and check for the signs below.

  • Do not give your child any pain medicine during the first 4 hours after the procedure, because this might react with the medicines the child was given in the hospital. This can cause a much stronger response than usual.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your child's health care provider.

When to seek medical care

Get prompt medical attention for your child if any of the following occur:

  • Increasing drowsiness or unable to wake up as usual

  • Weakness or dizziness

  • Cough or rapid breathing

  • Fast breathing:

    • For newborn to 6 weeks old, more than 60 breaths per minute

    • For a child 6 weeks to 2 years, more than 45 breaths per minute

    • For a child 3 to 6 years old, more than 35 breaths per minute

    • For a child 7 to 10 years old, more than 30 breaths per minute

    • For a child older than 10, more than 25 breaths per minute

  • Slow breathing:

    • For newborn to 6 weeks old, fewer than 25 breaths per minute

    • For a child 6 weeks to 1 year, fewer than 20 breaths per minute

    • For a child 1 to 3 years old, fewer than 18 breaths per minute

    • For a child 4 to 6 years old, fewer than 16 breaths per minute

    • For a child 7 to 9 years old, fewer than 14 breaths per minute

    • For a child 10 to 14 years old, fewer than 12 breaths per minute

    • For a child older than 14, fewer than 10 breaths per minute

 

 

 
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