What can my child eat and drink before having surgery?
The rules for no eating or drinking before surgery are called "nothing by mouth" or NPO guidelines. Infants, children and teens must follow these guidelines to keep them as safe as possible during their surgery. Your child's surgery will have to be canceled or delayed if these rules are not followed.
- Stop all foods including milk at midnight the evening before the surgery. This includes candy and chewing gum.
- Clear liquids (water, Pedialyte, apple juice, white grape juice, Sprite) can be offered up to two hours before you must arrive at the hospital.
- Remember, your child will be hungry and ask for food and drink. It is very important that these rules are followed. Keeping your child occupied with toys, movies and other distractions will help him through this time.
- When you receive your preoperative call, the medical staff will give you more specific instructions, including information for nursing infants.