Patients and Families

G.) Eating and Drinking Instructions

Medications

  • Daily medications should be given at their routine times unless you are specifically told not to give medications to your child by the surgeon.

Infants

  • If your child is under 12 months of age, he or she should not eat any solid food after midnight. Your infant may have milk or formula 4½ hours prior to your admission time.
  • Breast feeding may occur up to 2½ hours prior to your admission time.
  • Clear liquids such as water, Pedialyte™ and apple juice may be given 1½ hours prior to your admission time.
  • Please let the surgery nurse know if you add cereal to your child’s formula or milk.

Patients 12 Months and Older

  • Absolutely no food, gum, candy or milk products after midnight prior to surgery.
  • Your child may have clear liquids—water, apple juice, Pedialyte™ or Gatorade™—1½ hours prior to your admission time.
  • Please let the surgery nurse know if you add cereal and/or “Thick It” to your child’s liquids.

Your child’s surgery may be rescheduled for another day if he or she eats or drinks after these times.

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Last Update
September 3, 2013
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