Don’t give your child anything to eat or drink if there is a possibility that your child may need sedation or anesthesia for a surgical procedure. This bears repeating. We see children who need immediate surgery, but we can’t sedate them because the parent gave them food in the waiting room or on the ride over. Bad idea! So if you think there’s a chance your child will need anesthesia or sedation in order to treat an injury or illness—such as surgery to treat abdominal pain or a procedure to realign a broken bone—don’t give her anything to eat or drink on your way to the Emergency Department (ED) or while you’re waiting in the ED.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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