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Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Unless your healthcare provider instructs you to administer anti-inflammatory medications to your child, it’s a good idea to avoid them for two weeks prior to surgical procedures or tests. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can cause a slight increase in bleeding. If you’re not sure if a particular medication contains an anti-inflammatory, be sure to ask your child’s provider.

Some supplements can also increase the risk of bleeding and should be avoided before surgery. It’s recommended that you discuss all of your child’s medications with your provider prior to surgery.