Going Home


•  The child should not walk alone until he or she is stable on his or her feet.

•  While in the car young children need to be restrained in a car safety seat and older children need to be restrained with a seat belt. Parents with infants should sit in the back seat with their child.

•  Two people should be available to assist older children into the house.

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.

At Home


A child should not be sent to school or day care after the test. Also, if the child is still drowsy or unable to walk the following day they should be kept at home. This is particularly possible if the child’s sedation medicine was given late in the day.

  • Quiet activity is okay on the day of the procedure.

  • A child may take a long nap.

  • A child may sleep up to eight hours and may be drowsy and irritable for up to 24 hours following sedation.

  • When a child is asleep, he or she should easily be awoken.

  • The child may be unsteady when walking or crawling and will need adult supervision to prevent any injury.

  • An adult must be with the child at all times until the child has returned to his or her usual state of alertness and coordination.

  • Young children (infants and toddlers) should play only on carpeted floors. Block stairs and doorways with safety gates. Pad the corners of sharp tables. Remove wheeled toys or chairs. Older children (preschoolers to adolescents) should rest in an area where an adult can watch them.

  • Escort the child when walking, including trips to the bathroom.

  • The child should not perform any potentially dangerous activities such as riding a bike, swimming, driving, playing sports, playing outside, handling sharp objects, working with tools or climbing stairs until he or she is back to his or her usual state of alertness and coordination for at least one hour.