Sedating babies

The more serious adverse effects of sedative medications are slowed breathing, decrease in blood pressure or abnormal heart rate and rhythm. These risks are further reduced by obtaining a detailed medical history, choosing the best sedative medications based on this history, and by giving the medications in small doses and monitoring their effects closely.Also, careful observation and close monitoring of children during the procedure reduces risk from sedation. death and permanent injury are extremely rare and are further reduced by the above precautions.Sometimes you can make other changes to help your child sleep better.These changes include: If better sleep and eating habits aren’t helping, talk with your GP – especially if your child’s sleep problems are affecting her wellbeing, schoolwork or relationships.Activities that need co-ordination such as swimming, use of playground equipment, climbing, riding a bike, roller-blading or skating should be delayed for 12-24 hours or until parents are sure the child is stable on his/her feet.If your child is having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, medicine won’t necessarily fix the problem.Some sleep medicines are also available in health food shops or over the counter in pharmacies.

The doctor will probably suggest your child uses the sleep medicine for a short time – days or months – in combination with behaviour strategies that aim to improve your child’s sleep habits.This may present a scary and claustrophobic (closed-in) environment for most young children and even some adults.Scans last for 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the areas to be scanned.Some children may experience prolonged or excessive sedation and in some, sedation may fail requiring the procedure to be rescheduled with general anesthesia.Some children may become agitated or restless during or after sedation.

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