boy in hospital bed

Children are naturally active and can have a hard time remaining very still, especially for long medical procedures. Anxiety surrounding an upcoming test can also add to a child’s already restless nature. Our Nemours pediatric sedation team understands, and we’re devoted to helping kids feel less anxious and more comfortable during their procedure or test.

Read More About Pediatric Sedation Medicine

When kids get sedation that means they’re given medicine to make them feel more relaxed or sleepy. Depending on the needs of the child or procedure, pediatric sedation medicine can be delivered in a variety of ways, including:

  • inhaled (breathed in)
  • orally (through the mouth)
  • intravenously (through an IV)
Procedures that may require sedation in children include:
  • insertion and/or removal of sutures (stitches)
  • IV starts
  • minor surgical procedures
  • dressing changes on wounds
  • casting, setting, pin removal, etc. for fractures
  • insertion and/or removal of a bladder catheter, a hollow, soft tube inserted into the urethra; a tube-like structure that ends at the tip of the penis in boys and just above the vaginal opening in girls
  • insertion and/or removal of a central venous line, also called a central line; a long, thin, flexible tube that’s surgically placed into the larger veins of the neck or groin and travels to a large blood vessel near the heart