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Midazolam is a benzodiazepine medication.
Benzodiazepine medications have calming effects. This drug is
commonly given to adults and children who get anxious or distressed
during medical procedures or before surgery. Midazolam has been safely used for sedation in hospitals for many years.
Your child may be given midazolam as a drink,
as a squirt up the nose or as an injection into an intravenous drip
(IV). Staff caring for your child will talk with you about which method will be best.
Before having midazolam it is important that
your child has had nothing to eat or drink for:
This helps reduce the chance of your
child having a large vomit while they are sedated, and then
possibly breathing the vomit into their lungs.
Sometimes, the procedure is finished before
your child is fully awake. A doctor or nurse will closely monitor
your child until they are alert. It is normal for children to be a
bit grizzly or confused after having this medicine.
After you have gone home, if your child:
then please call:
The Royal Children's Hospital Emergency
DepartmentT: (03) 9345 6153
The content for this fact sheet has been
developed by the Department of Medical Imaging and Comfort Kids
program. First published in August 2007. Updated November