Safety is the primary concern when administering sedation to young children. The following
guidelines address key factors in preparing your child for sedation.
If your child is acutely ill, he/she should not be sedated. If your child has a fever, cold, pneumonia, vomiting, wheezing or diarrhea
two days before the day of the test, he/she should be rescheduled. Please contact
your referring physician.
The sedation services at CHOG are able to provide care for most patients, your child
may require a higher level of care if they were premature, and have not reached the
age of their first birthday, or if your child has complex medical concerns. If a
higher level of care is warranted, they will require a pediatric anesthesiologist
for their sedation or general anesthesia services.
The Pediatric Sedation Service performs most of the sedations on outpatients who are
having an elective procedure. Some children may not be suitable candidates for this
type of sedation because of chronic illness. Examples would include children who are
oxygen dependent, those with chronic respiratory problems, or those with congenital
Eating/Drinking Safety Guidelines
In order to sedate your child safely, it is very important that you strictly follow
the rules regarding fasting. Failure to follow these guidelines puts the patient at
risk of aspiration and is the most common reason tests are canceled.
Ingested Material Minimum Fasting Period
- Clear liquids - 2 hours
- Breast milk Infant formula - 4 hours
- Non-human milk - 6 hours
- Light meal (e.g., toast, juice) - 6 hours
- Heavy meal (e.g., meals with meat and/or fried foods, chocolate) - 8 hours
Children with special medication needs (such as those that need anti-seizure medications)
may take their medicine two hours prior to test with a small sip of water.