Eating and drinking instructions before coming to St. John's Children's Hospital
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).
Two 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:
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Take any medications, including antibiotics, as directed.
Bring guardianship documents for the child to the hospital.
If you have any questions about what your child can eat or drink before surgery please call: 217-814-8244 between 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 217-544-6464 ext. 72340 between 5 - 10 p.m., Monday-Friday; or contact your physician for further instructions.