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Eating or Drinking Before Surgery
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Eating or Drinking Before Surgery

Eating or drinking before surgery is not recommended and may delay surgery. It is very important that the stomach be completely empty before surgery, since any food or fluids in your child's stomach can cause major complications.

Your doctor will let you know what time to stop eating and drinking; it is usually after midnight. This includes water, chewing gum and candy. Please watch your child closely while he or she brushes their teeth to make sure toothpaste and/or water is not swallowed.