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Some examinations, such as lumbar punctures and bone marrow biopsies, are done under sedation so that your child will feel nothing of the procedure. Sedation is a mild form of anesthesia. A sedation assistant administers the sedation.


The anesthesiologist or sedation assistant will explain to you and tell you how long before the procedure your child is not allowed to eat and drink. The medical pedagogical care providers prepare your child and explain what is about to happen. During sedation, your child may not wear jewelry, make-up or nail polish. In the day surgery, your child is given a wristband containing name and date of birth.

The sedation

You and your child are in the sedation room. A small red light is clamped on one of your child's fingers or toes to measure oxygen levels in their blood. The sedation assistant administers the sedation via the line or an IV. Only once your child is under, do you leave.


After the examination, the sedation assistant stops administering the sedation medication to waken your child. You may rejoin your child in the recovery room. The nurse lets you know when you and your child may return to your room or go home.