Fasting before surgery

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is having surgery in June. I just received the information from the hospital about preparing for surgery. He is still nursing as well as being well into eating solids. I am sure I can not feed him without too much difficulty, but he is also supposed to not nurse for six hours prior to surgery. This seems impossible to me. Has anyone else done that? How did it go? Any tricks or do I just have to let him cry for several hours?

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Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2009

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I certainly will. They are supposed to call me the day before, so I will ask them all my questions then. If they allow anything at all I think it will work out fine.

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2009

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I hate to sound like the wife of a Nurse Anesthetist, but I am. I would really make sure that you follow the directive of the Anesthesia team at the hospital where you are having the surgery. They are the ones who can cancel the surgery if you are not compliant with their requests.

Jaclyn - posted on 05/02/2009

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We were told he could have formula 6 hours prior, breastmilk 4 hours prior, and water/pedialyte 2 hours prior. So I woke him early, gave him a bottle of breastmilk, and then on the drive to the hospital I gave him 2-3 oz of pedialyte. Our surgery was at Boston Children's Hospital...so those are their rules.

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2009

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Couple of suggestions:

Try for the earliest surgery time possible.

Load him up the feeding prior to the 6 hour mark. Anesthesia wants his stomach empty in case he vomits. You don't want him to aspirate anything into his lungs.

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2009

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Let me know how it works out for you. If I can at least give him something I might be able to trick him into thinking he isn't starving.

S - posted on 04/26/2009

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I was told for my son that I can only give him juice (apple) or water. No formula!

My son has his surgery at the end of May :-(

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