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Activities that need co-ordination such as swimming, use of playground equipment, climbing, riding a bike, roller-blading or skating should be delayed for 12-24 hours or until parents are sure the child is stable on his/her feet.

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

The majority of children undergo sedation safely with no side effects or adverse events.

The minor side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, mild allergic reactions, headache and dizziness.

The more serious adverse effects of sedative medications are slowed breathing, decrease in blood pressure or abnormal heart rate and rhythm. These risks are further reduced by obtaining a detailed medical history, choosing the best sedative medications based on this history, and by giving the medications in small doses and monitoring their effects closely.

Also, careful observation and close monitoring of children during the procedure reduces risk from sedation. death and permanent injury are extremely rare and are further reduced by the above precautions.

Depending on the sedative medication used and the child's response, some children may be awake at the end of the procedure and ready to go home soon thereafter once specific discharge criteria are met.

Children, however, exhibit varied responses to sedatives.

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The need for sedation is assessed by nurses and doctors responsible for her care in the MRI scanner based on her age, medical history and experience with past medical procedures.

Then, you and the nurse or doctor will decide if your child should have sedation.

A nurse or doctor at the hospital will give your child sedation.

Therefore, it is often hard to predict how sedated or sleepy the child will remain after the procedure.

Some children may continue to need monitoring and observation in the recovery room until they are awake.

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