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:

  • Take any medications, including antibiotics, as directed.

  • Bring guardianship documents for the child to the hospital.

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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.