How many hours before surgery should my child stop eating or drinking?

After reviewing important studies, the American Society of Anesthesiologists developed the following suggestions for healthy patients before elective surgery:
  • Solid food: 6 hours
  • Breast milk: 4 hours
  • Clear liquids: 2 hours
It is very important to consult your surgeon, anesthesiologist, or hospital to learn their specific guidelines for food and drink consumption prior to surgery, as your other medical conditions may affect stomach emptying.

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