Phone: (217) 757-6394
All sedation patients must have a current medical history and a physical (within last 30 days) from their primary care or referring physician.
The primary or referring physician can fax the sedation consultation, medical history and physical to (217) 757-6874.
Some children cannot remain still for imaging tests or medical procedures so they may need sedation medication to help them relax or sleep during that time. Sedation also may be used in combination with pain medication to help children remain comfortable during stressful situations.

The pediatric sedation team at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital is made up of specially trained physicians, nurses and child life specialists. The decision to use sedation is based on:
  • The age and developmental level of the child
  • The length of time it takes to do the procedure, and
  • The amount of discomfort expected during the procedure.
The exact medications used for sedation vary depending on the child’s:
  • age
  • weight
  • developmental level
  • health history
  • physical exam, and
  • type of test or procedure ordered
A physician will evaluate the child before the test/procedure and discuss the sedation plan with the parents, including side effects, risks and options.

Sedation can be administered orally (by mouth), through anesthesia (using a mask) or intravenously (IV). This is determined by the scheduling nurses and physician at the time of procedure. In the majority of cases sedation is administered via an IV.

The pediatric sedation team will determine the way the child will be sedated on the day of the procedure. If appropriate, the child may be encouraged to attempt the procedure without sedation.

If the child is vomiting or has a cough, fever or flu symptoms the day before or the day of the scheduled procedure, please call your physician. The procedure may need to be rescheduled.

It is important to follow the eating and drinking instructions below. These are general guidelines which may need to be adjusted for safety reasons. If you choose not to follow these instructions, your child’s diagnostic testing and/or sedation may be delayed or cancelled. Please follow any additional specific instructions given by members of St. John’s sedation or anesthesia team

Eating and drinking instructions before coming to St. John's Children's Hospital

Eight hours before procedure: Stop all solid foods, candy, gum, greasy, oily, buttery, creamy foods, beef, chicken, pork and fish. This also includes fast food.

Six hours before procedure: Stop milk products, formula, orange juice and juices containing pulp.

Four hours before procedure: Stop breastfeeding (breast milk).

Three hours before procedure: Stop all clear liquids. Clear liquids include: water, Kool-Aid®, apple juice, Popsicles®, Jell-O®, Pedialyte® and Infalite®.

NOT CONSIDERED CLEAR LIQUIDS: Formula, breast milk, orange juice and juices containing pulp.

It also is important to:
  • Take any medications, including antibiotics, as directed.
  • Bring guardianship documents for the child to the hospital.