When a child needs to have certain procedures like imaging exams or echocardiograms, sedation can make the experience more comfortable and successful for the patient and the care team. Getting a child to sit perfectly still inside of an MRI machine can be a challenge without sedation, because children are so naturally energetic and curious. Selecting the right sedation method is an important part of the care process, because kids have special needs in both the physical and emotional sense.
Pediatric sedation is much more complex than simply lowering the dose of adult sedation methods. Preferred sedatives will have the fewest side effects with the most rapid sedation possible. The right medication and dose will be selected based on the procedure taking place, the age and weight of the child, and medical history.
If your child needs specialized pediatric care, you can trust the Child Life Specialists at Brandon Regional Hospital. Take a closer look at our pediatric services on our website or call us at (888) 327-2636 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.