Children under age five: What to eat and what to avoid

  • Do not give your child soup or solid food after midnight the night before surgery or the morning of surgery. However, small children scheduled in the afternoon may have dry toast or crackers until eight hours prior to surgery.

  • Do not give your child candy or gum the night before or the morning of surgery. Infant formula or cow’s milk may be given up to six hours before surgery.

  • Breast milk may be consumed up to four hours before surgery.

  • Your child may drink apple juice, water, and Pedialyte until two hours before surgery.