Preparing for Surgery

Before surgery, your child's doctor will give you specific instructions on what you should bring, what your child should wear and when your child can eat. It is extremely important that you follow these instructions.

If the guidelines below differ from what your doctor has specified, please adhere to your doctor's instructions.

Common Surgical Guidelines

  • No solid food after midnight. Your surgeon may alter this for specific surgeries, but if diet guidelines are not followed, surgery can be canceled.

  • Have your child take a bath or shower, and shampoo his or her hair prior to arrival for surgery.

  • Remove all make-up and nail polish.

  • Have your child brush their teeth the morning of surgery, but do not allow your child to swallow the toothpaste or water. If your child cannot brush without swallowing toothpaste or water, do not brush their teeth.

  • Leave all jewelry at home. Do not wear necklaces, watches, bracelets, rings, earrings, nose rings, belly rings or tongue rings.

  • Wear glasses to the hospital the day of surgery. Bring a case to put them in during surgery. If your child wears contact lenses, it is best to wear glasses to the hospital and bring contacts in the case to wear later.

  • If your child is taking medication, be sure to check with your child’s doctor to see if the medication needs to be taken before surgery. If your child takes medication each day, bring the medication with you the day of surgery. If you have any questions regarding medication, please call Outpatient Surgery (405.271.4130), and ask to talk to an anesthesia PA.

  • Bring a list of all medications and the dosages – this will be helpful to the anesthesiologist, when deciding which medications should be taken the morning of surgery.

  • If your child becomes ill with a runny nose, fever, cough or vomiting prior to their scheduled surgery, call your child’s doctor.

Additional Guidelines for Children Under the Age of Six

  • No solid food after midnight
  • Your child may have clear liquid up to 4:00 am.
  • Clear liquids are water, apple juice, ginger ale, Kool aid, Gatorade and Pedialyte
  • Instructions will be given specifically for formula, breast milk and milk products
  • Do not give citrus juices containing pulp
  • The nurses and anesthesia will make an evaluation upon arrival if your child will be able to have anything prior to surgery
Scroll using two fingers on the page for more content.
Copyright © 2011 The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, All Rights Reserved Home Parents Table of Contents OUMC

Do you want to go to the last page you were on, or start over?

start over go to page

Name our bird!

On this website our mascot bird and helpers guide your child on a tour of their hospital stay. But we’ve got a problem! The bird needs a name! That’s where you can help by entering the “Name Our Bird Contest.”

Learn more at oumedicine.com/bird
Or continue to goodbyefears.com.