Our staff are experts in caring for children and their families. Our team will do everything possible to make your child's experience safe, convenient and comfortable.
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When registering online, be ready to provide the names of your health insurance, primary care physician and admitting physician. We’ll help you complete the admission forms at your pre-admit appointment. Bring your photo ID, insurance card, a form of payment and any orders from your physician.
Preparing for Your Child's Procedure
Refer to the menus below to help prepare your child for his or her surgery and read the American Society of Anesthesiologists' guide to prepare children for surgery.
*If your child is on a special formula please be sure to bring some with you day of surgery.
Children 1 yr or older:
- Nothing to eat for 8 hours prior to surgery. May have clear liquids such as water, Gatorade, clear juice until 2 hours prior to scheduled surgery.
- Infants up to 12 months of age may have clear liquids (such as water, Gatorade, clear juice) until 2 hours prior to scheduled surgery.
- Breast milk for up to 4 hours prior to surgery.
- No formula or other milk products (includes soy milk, almond milk, etc) for at least 6 hours prior to scheduled surgery.
- If the child is using a bottle, please bring one day of surgery.
- Ok to take any medications for seizures, pain, acid reflux, anxiety, mental health and breathing. Blood pressure medications should be discussed with your child’s surgeon. * Any medication that is in a thick suspension or needs to be taken with food should be taken 8 hours prior to surgery *
Medications to hold day of surgery:
- Diabetic medication is usually held day of surgery. If the procedure is later in the day, it is best to check with the child’s surgeon or the doctor who prescribes the medication for instructions.
- Certain blood pressure medications may need to be held day of surgery. Please discuss these medications with the child’s surgeon.
- All herbal medication/vitamins should be held for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
- Baby aspirin or ibuprofen should be held for at least 1 week before surgery. Children’s Tylenol is OK.
- Please make sure your child gets a bath/shower the night prior to surgery. Avoid putting any lotions or creams on your child. Diaper rash creams are ok.
- Dress them in comfortable clothes for the day of surgery. Bring an extra change of clothes too.
- Pain management after your child’s surgery is important to us. We will use age appropriate pain scales to evaluate your child’s pain.
- For children ages 3 and older, we have a smiley face scale to help evaluate their pain level. This tool was originally created with children to help them communicate about their pain. Now it is used around the world with people ages 3 and older, improving assessment so pain management can be addressed.