How to Care

Preparing for a Procedure or Surgery

It can be useful to be prepared before your child has his or her procedure or surgery. Take some time to read these instructions. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your child’s doctor.

When your child’s procedure is scheduled

  • Make arrangements for a family member or someone else to help you immediately afterwards—you may need to take a break
  • Read up on the procedure and ask your doctor any questions you have
  • Prepare ahead of time for your return home. It will make it easier for everyone later
  • You can find many useful resources and other information on this website

Current medicines

Your doctor will tell you whether to continue giving your child any medicines he or she is taking. Listen to those instructions carefully. Ask questions if you do not understand anything. It may help to write down the instructions.

What to bring with you to the hospital

  • Health insurance cards or documentation that includes the insurance company name and policy number,
    and a picture ID
  • An up-to-date list of all the medicines your child takes, including dosages and when they are taken.
    This includes vitamins, herbal supplements, prescription, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines
  • Basic toiletry items are available. If you prefer your own, you can bring them
  • Bringing a book, magazine, iPad, hobby item, or favorite stuffed toy can help your child relax.

What not to bring

  • Please leave valuables at home.This includes jewelry, large sums of money, computers, etc.
  • Please do not bring your own medications.Make sure to bring a list of what you are taking.


The night before surgery

  • Do not give your child anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes gum, hard candy, water, soda, or anything else, unless your doctor says something different
  • Your child may brush his or her teeth the night before and morning of surgery
  • If your child takes regular medicine, give the ones that your doctor has told you to continue
  • Make sure to ask any questions you have


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