Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know
Preparing at Home
Your child’s bowel needs to be clear of stool for the procedure. This is to ensure their safety and to reduce the risk of infection. The only way to make sure the bowel is clear of stool for the procedure is to begin this bowel prep at home. If your child’s bowel is not completely clear before surgery the procedure will be cancelled.
- A medicine called Miralax® will be given to make the stool loose and bowel movements more frequent. Expect your child to need frequent diaper changes or trips to the toilet.
- The time needed for the bowel prep to be complete will depend on your child’s history. On average, expect the bowel prep to last 8 to 12 hours. Some children may need two days to clear the bowel (this will be reflected on your itinerary).
- Please follow the dosing below based on your child’s age:
- Less than 5 years old: Mix 4 capfuls (68 grams) of Miralax® in 16 ounces of sports drink such as Gatorade® or Pedialyte®
- 6 years to 11 years old: Mix 7 capfuls ( 119 grams) of Miralax® in 32 ounces of sports drink such as Gatorade® or Pedialyte®
- 12 years or older: Mix 14 capfuls ( 238 grams) of Miralax® in 64 ounces of sports drink such as Gatorade® or Pedialyte®
- Continue the bowel preparation at home until you receive a call from the hospital saying a bed is ready.
Morning of Admission
Change to clear liquid only. A clear liquid diet includes foods that are liquid at room temperature that you can see through or read a newspaper through. Examples of clear liquids are Pedialyte®, clear broth, Gatorade® or Powerade®, clear fruit juice, ices, sorbet, Jell-O®, etc.