Preparing for Your Pediatric GI Surgery/Procedure


Thank you for choosing Children’s Health℠ for your child’s medical care. In order to prepare you for your child’s upcoming surgery/procedure, below you will find information about important reminders about fasting and illness. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 214-456-8018.

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Complimentary (free) valet parking is available for surgery patients and their families. Valet is located at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas main entrance, accessible on Medical District Drive.

Alternatively, paid parking is available in the Hospital Parking (formerly known as Green Park) garage, accessible on Medical District Drive. Once you’ve parked your car in the garage, take the elevator or stairs to the 1st Floor. Cross the sky bridge to reach the hospital. (This will take approximately 10 minutes.)


Once you reach the main entrance, you must check-in and the patient must be admitted. You will need:

  1. Photo I.D.
  2. Insurance Card
  3. Paperwork indicating legal guardianship, if applicable

For your child’s protection and the protection of other patients, please do not enter the hospital if you are ill and do not bring visitors under the age of 5. This is due to infection control/prevention policies.

How do I prepare my child for surgery?

Pre-Surgery Fasting

To prevent aspiration under anesthesia and nausea post-surgery, you child may not eat or drink prior to surgery. For the safety of your child, we will cancel the surgery if your child eats or drinks after the times provided below.

NO food allowed after: _______________ (includes gum and candy)

NO unclear liquids allowed after: _______________ (includes milk, juice or soda)

NO breast milk allowed after: _______________

NO formula allowed after: _______________

No clear liquids allowed after: _______________ (includes water, Pedialyte®, Gatorade® or apple juice)

What do I need to bring?

  • Bring your child dressed in comfortable clothing. Please leave jewelry and any valuables at home.
  • If your child wears contact lenses, bring solution and a case.
  • Pack a favorite blanket, pillow, toy or stuffed animal. Your child will be allowed to take this to surgery.
  • If your child has a favorite bottle or cup, please bring it with you.
  • Pack a pillow/blanket for the car ride home.

Illness Within 30 Days of Procedure

For your child’s safety, our policy requires that surgery be postponed if your child has had the following symptoms or diagnoses within 30 days of the procedure:

  • Fever greater than 100
  • Wheezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • Known exposure to TB, measles, mumps, rubella, or chickenpox
  • RSV
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Flu
  • Upper Respiratory Infection

Please contact Children’s Health if your child becomes ill at any time before the date of surgery. This notification gives you the opportunity to discuss whether your child’s surgery/procedure needs to be rescheduled.

Again, we thank you for choosing Children’s Health. It is our privilege to serve your family.

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