Eating and Drinking Before Surgery
At Children's Health℠ we know it can be difficult to limit what your child can eat and drink prior to surgery. Prior to your child's surgery date, you will receive a phone call from a preoperative nurse with specific instructions. For the safety of your child, it is very important that you follow these instructions completely.
What can your child eat and drink before surgery?
Until midnight on your scheduled surgery day:
- Your child may have solid foods (including gum and candy)
Six (6) hours before your scheduled arrival time:
- You child may have formula or milk
Four (4) hours before your scheduled arrival time:
- Your child may have breast milk
Two (2) hours before your scheduled arrival time:
- Your child may have clear liquids
What are clear liquids?
- Apple juice
- Jell-O® (without fruit)
What happens if my child eats or drinks accidentally before surgery?
If you child accidentally eats or drinks before surgery please contact our office as soon as possible. Your child's surgery may have to be rescheduled.
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Can we eat after our child is taken back to the operating room?
Even though your child will not be eating or drinking, parents and families are encouraged to eat before bringing your child for surgery. Food and drinks are not allowed in the preoperative waiting areas.