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Eating and Drinking

If your child is scheduled for a sedated test or procedure, please follow the eating and drinking instructions carefully.

STOP YOUR CHILD'S NORMAL EATING AND DRINKING BY MIDNIGHT the night before their procedure (This includes gum, mints, candy).

On the day of your child's procedure they may ONLY drink the following liquids until 2 hours before the procedure, and then your child may have NOTHING at all.

Liquids OK to have:

  • Water
  • Apple juice
  • Ginger ale
  • Black coffee/tea (NO milk or creamer)

Children under two years of age

  • May breastfeed until 4 hours before the procedure.
  • May have formula until 6 hours before the procedure.
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