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Sedation FAQs

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Answers to Your Questions About Sedation

  1. How is the sedation administered?
    The sedation doctor will determine, upon reviewing your child’s case, the best anesthetic and route of administration. Most of our patients are sedated with a medicine called Propofol, which is administered through an intravenous (IV) catheter.
  2. My child is very scared, what do I do?
    If your child has increased anxiety, please inform our nurses upon arrival. Our excellent child life specialists are there to meet your child and ensure a positive experience for your family. This experience can be anxiety provoking for parents, as well. Your anxiety is readily sensed by your child. Keeping calm and trusting our sedation staff will help your child decrease their negative emotions.

    On a case-by-case basis, the sedation doctor will determine if your child can safely receive medication to lower their anxiety prior to IV catheter placement.
  3. Can my child eat prior to the procedure?
    Patients who are scheduled to undergo sedation or anesthesia may not have any solid food for at least eight hours prior to the procedure. This includes formula and milk. They may have clear liquids (juice, jello, clear chicken soup) up to two hours before the procedure. Infants that are exclusively on breast milk may be fed up to four hours prior to the procedure.

    Patients who require a colonoscopy will need to follow their gastroenterologist recommendations in addition to our recommendations.
  4. Can my child eat after the procedure?
    When your child wakes up from sedation the nurse will determine if your child is ready to have liquid or solid food. If your child has a restrictive diet, please bring his/her formula or preferred snack with you.
  5. When can my child go home?
    The patient will be discharged when the nurse or doctor decide that the patient is safe to go home. Premature babies who are less than 44 weeks post-conception may be admitted for observation overnight.
  6. Can I bring my entire family to support my child?
    You are welcome to bring as many family members as you like, although only up to two adults are allowed to be present during sedation and recovery. We recommend against siblings being present during sedation.
  7. My child has a fever, what do I do?
    If your child experiences fever and cold symptoms the day prior to his/her appointment, you will most likely need to reschedule the appointment. If you are unsure about the sedation course, please call our sedation line, and the nurse will advise you.
  8. My child has medication that he/she takes every morning. Do I give him/her the medication?
    If your child has one or more of the following: seizures, cardiac problems or hormonal deficiency, we advise that you administer their medication as scheduled, or as early as possible in the morning. If they are administered in apple sauce or other solids please call our sedation nurse, as we may advise you to hold the medication until the procedure is completed.
  9. Who can I contact with additional questions?
    If you have additional questions please call 253-403-2285 and ask for a sedation nurse.