Special Care for Children
If your child needs surgery, our care team will make sure he or she receives special care and attention to feel safe and comfortable. To help prepare your child for surgery, please refer to the general instructions in Before Your Procedure and The Day of Your Procedure, as well as the following guidelines for children.
Food and Drink
Children must not eat or drink anything for six hours before arrival to the surgery center. Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.
We require at least one parent to remain in the surgery center during your child’s surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near mid-day, you may want to bring lunch or a snack for yourself.
Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added comfort.
You will be able to be with your child as soon as he or she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.