Your child has been placed on a clear liquid diet. The diet includes foods that are liquid at room temperature, contain no visible residue and are clear. This means he or she can have "watery" liquids you can see through. Do not give milk or formula. Your child should not stay on a liquid diet for longer than 24 hours unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
You may give your child the liquids below:
Picture 1: Give your child clear liquids
Use Pedialyte® for up to 12 hours. Then go back to breast-feeding.
Use the choices checked below:
Note: If your child will have anesthesia, the surgical nursing staff or anesthesiologist will give you special instructions.)
Your child may be NPO after being on the clear liquid diet before his or her procedure. NPO means absolutely no food or drink by mouth. Your nurse will update you if your child will be switching from a clear liquid diet to NPO.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse.
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