Phone: (217) 757-6394

Before the Sedation Procedure

Before coming to the hospital for a test or procedure that requires sedation, a child should not have anything to eat or drink for several hours.

The child must have an empty stomach to prevent vomiting that may occur with sedation medicines.

Morning prescription medicines
A child can be given prescription medicine while he or she is still allowed to take clear liquids. Medications that are to be taken later in the day may be given after the child has completed the procedure and recovered from sedation.

  Please do not give a child
  medication with apple
  sauce or pudding. These
  are considered solid

  Jell-O® can be used as an
  alternative but only up to
  three hours before the

How to help a hungry child

Consoling a young child who is not allowed to eat can be a challenge. Unless otherwise instructed, empty stomach feeling can be eased with clear liquids until three hours prior to the procedure.

Watch your child closely so he or she does not eat or drink

Keep the child away from other children who are eating. A hungry child is resourceful at finding things to eat, such as eating pieces of cereal under the car seat cushion, and a sympathetic brother or sister may be tempted to share food.

Parents should be sure to eat

The child will need a parent’s full attention the day of the procedure. The entire process, from arrival at the hospital through sedation and recovery, can be physically draining on parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to eat and drink prior to arriving at the hospital. If a parent needs to step out for a snack or a drink the child’s nurse can offer assistance.


Call (217) 757-6122 between 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. After hours, call (217) 544-6464, ext. 51423 and ask for the pediatric charge nurse