At Children’s Mercy, we make your child the center of attention. We will try to make your child comfortable. We will always try to fit your child’s needs into our routines.

A nurse will call you the day before your child’s surgery. The nurse will tell you all you need to know before the surgery, and will answer all your questions. You may be told that your child can drink clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, apple juice, Pedialyte®, Kool-Aid®, Gatorade®, and all sodas. Chicken broth and/or buillion ARE NOT clear liquids.

Preparing your child for the day of surgery is very important. Your child may have heard stories about surgeries from family members or friends. Remind your child that each operation is different. Give your child simple, honest information about the surgery, with no more details than he or she needs. If you are not sure about something, let your child know that we will answer questions on the day of surgery.