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Learn about sedation. Sedation is medicine to make your child sleepy or more comfortable during a hospital test or treatment.

Key points

  • Your child's stomach must be empty during and after sedation. If your child's stomach is not empty, your child could vomit while asleep and damage their lungs.
  • Eight hours before your child's test or treatment, your child should only have clear liquids such as water, ginger ale or clear apple juice. Your child should not eat or drink any solid food, gum, candy, milk or orange juice.
  • Two hours before the operation, test or treatment, stop giving your child anything to drink.
  • If possible, bring another adult with you when you take your child home from the hospital.
Last updated: November 13th 2019