Skip Navigation

Food and Drink Preparation

The following are eating and drinking rules for you or your child’s procedure. Please read the day before the procedure.

Food and drink taken before anesthesia can cause problems such as choking or vomiting. There are a few rules about eating and drinking that can prevent these problems.

If you have diabetes, gastric reflux, hiatal hernia, any disease of your stomach or if you are pregnant, the following may not apply (see below).

Adult Food Preparation

Type of FoodExamplesLatest Time You Can Eat or Drink
Clear Liquids

Liquids you can see through: water, apple juice, other clear juices without pulp, plain jello, tea, black coffee

NO MILK

Two (2) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital*

*Last drink may not be more than one (1) regular cup (8 oz)

ALL other foods and liquidsAll solids, all candy, all meat containing products, all fried foods, all cheeses, ice creamEight (8) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital

Pediatric Food Preparation

Type of FoodExamplesLatest Time You Can Eat or Drink
Clear LiquidsLiquids you can see through such as water, apple juice, Pedialyte, or other clear juices (no pulp), plain jello

Two (2) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital*

*Last drink may not be more than one (1) regular cup (8 oz)

Breast Milk Four (4) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital
Infant MilkFor infants under one year of ageSix (6) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital
ALL other foods and liquidsAll solids, all candy, all meat containing products, all fried foods, all cheeses, ice creamEight (8) hours before you are told to arrive at hospital (or after midnight before first case starts) for solids and milk
MedicationsRouting medications may be given at the usual time with a sip of water, EXCEPT FOR white liquid antacids and stool softeners, and some heart and blood pressure medications, please contact your doctor before the procedure.Eight (8) hours before you are told to arrive to the hospital for Maalox, Mylanta, Miralax, Carafate, Senna, ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril, enalapril), or ARBs (losartan, valsartan, irbesartan)

If you have any questions, call the Nurse Coordinator office at 410-955-8353 from Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Please take your usual medicines with a sip of water on the day of procedure unless instructed not to do so.

* If you have diabetes, gastric reflux, hiatal hernia, any disease of your stomach or if you are pregnant, do not eat or drink any liquids for eight (8) hours, before you are told to arrive at the hospital.

back to top button