Sedation and sedative drugs in paediatrics

Br J Hosp Med. 1996;55(10):611-5.


The first article in this series looked at the provision of analgesia in paediatric practice. Practical procedures are common in paediatric practice. Certain procedures may be painful or distressing to the child if undertaken in the absence of sedation or analgesia. This article reviews the practical considerations which arise from the use of sedative drugs in children and looks at some of the drugs available.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Benzodiazepines / administration & dosage
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / administration & dosage*
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / pharmacokinetics
  • Infant
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Narcotics / administration & dosage


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Narcotics
  • Benzodiazepines