Eating and Drinking Instructions Before Coming to St. John's Children's Hospital
It is important to follow these eating and drinking instructions. These are general guidelines which may need to be adjusted for safety reasons. If you choose not to follow these instructions, your child’s diagnostic testing and/or sedation may be delayed or cancelled.
Eight hours before procedure: Stop all solid foods, candy, gum, greasy, oily, buttery, creamy foods, beef, chicken, pork and fish. This also includes fast food.
Six hours before procedure: Stop milk products, formula, orange juice and juices containing pulp.
Four hours before procedure: Stop breastfeeding (breast milk).
Three hours before procedure: Stop all clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, Kool-Aid®, apple juice, Popsicles®, Jell-O®, Pedialyte® and Infalite®.
NOT CONSIDERED CLEAR LIQUIDS: Formula, breast milk, orange juice and juices containing pulp.
It also is important to:
• Take any medications, including antibiotics, as directed.
• Bring guardianship documents for the child to the hospital.