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Procedural Sedation (Child)

Your child was given medicine to get ready 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 goes home. But drowsiness may continue for the first 6 to 8 hours after the procedure.

Home care

Follow these guidelines after your child returns home:

  • Watch your child closely for the first 12 to 24 hours after the procedure. Don’t leave your child alone in the bath or near water. These steps are to help prevent injuries.

  • It’s OK to let your child sleep. But wake up your child every 2 hours and check for the signs below. 

  • Don’t give your child any pain medicine during the first 4 hours after the procedure. That medicine 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 advice

Call your child's health care provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Drowsiness that gets worse

  • Unable to wake your child as usual

  • Weakness or dizziness

  • Cough

  • 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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