Sedating a child

Sometimes the delayed effects of the medicines may make your child a bit confused, sleepy or clumsy for the next 24 hours.

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Diphenhydramine does have a long track record of safety and efficacy as an antihistamine, but some children get wired or hyperactive instead of sleepy when taking such drugs!

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USAReceived 2 December 2009; Revised 15 June 2010; Accepted 20 June 2010Academic Editor: Savithiri Ratnapalan Copyright © 2010 Todd J. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Sedation and analgesia performed by the pediatrician and pediatric subspecialists are becoming increasingly common for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in children with developmental disabilities and neurologic disorders (autism, epilepsy, stroke, obstructive hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, intracranial hemorrhage, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy).

Depending on the level of sedation, children may be conscious and able to talk, or may be deeply asleep but still breathing on their own.

Safety is our primary concern when sedating children. The sedation physician will discuss all possible side effects with you before your child is sedated.


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