Special Care For Children
We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.
Please refer to the Before My Surgery and During Your Stay for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children. Following these guidelines will prevent possible cancellation of the surgery
Food and drink for Babies younger than 6 months:
- No Clear liquids up to 3 hours before surgery
- No Breast milk up to 4 hours before surgery
- No Formula milk up to 6 hours before surgery
- No Solid food up to 8 hours before surgery
Food and drink for Children 6 months or older:
- No clear liquids up to 3 hours before surgery
- No Breast milk up to 6 hours before surgery
- No Formula milk or Solid foods up to 8 hours before surgery.
Children may have less than 1 cup (8 oz) of clear liquids up to three hours before their arrival. This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks and Kool-Aid. NO milk or orange juice.
Children must not eat anything for eight hours before their arrival. Please do not allow them to suck on candy, chew gum or swallow toothpaste before surgery.
We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.
Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.
You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe.
Special Care For Special Needs Adults
We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. Besides the guidelines in the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:
The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.
Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before My Surgery section.
As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.