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Jul 29, 2008
What can I expect from an upper GI
I thought my son's reflux was gone, but at 15 months, it started up again. After 12 months, I stopped giving him medication and I could hear him periodically silent reflux but it didn't seem to bother him. Then at 15 months, he started vomiting again. At 17 months, the doctor put him on 1/2 tablet of prevacid (15mg. tablet). It seemed to help for awhile but last month he seemed to be refluxing again around 3pm everyday. The prevacid was wearing off. So today we went to the GI doctor for the first time. He ordered an upper GI series. Do they go under anesthesia for this? Is it painful? Any information would be helpful. He is also scheduled to go see an allergest. They are thinking he definitely has food allergies as well. They also increased his dose of prevacid to 1/2 table twice daily instead of just once daily. Thank you for any help.
Jul 29, 2008
I am not familiar with the upper GI but when they put my daughter on prevacid twice a day instead of once a day it made a huge difference. I hope it helps your little guy.
Jul 29, 2008
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
Mags had hers at 7wks, so I don't know if it's comparable or not. She did fine, but was constipated afterward.
Jul 29, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
My son is having his Thursday. he is 10 mo. I believe they can't eat for 3 hours. then they have to drink barrium and have an x-ray of the upper body. not painful but uncomfortable i'm told. then constipation for a few days.
Jul 29, 2008
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
No need for sedation for t his one sweetie!!!

Jedd was about 4 mo nths old for his I believe but theya re all done the same jsut different foods.

They will have him eat/drink something with a barium tracer in it. They had Jedd lay down to do this so they coudl take pictures while he was drinking. Tehy continue to take pictures whiel the food passes part way through. It all depends on how far the GI wanted the barium followed into the system.

For Jedd, this was a horrible test becaue he was NON oral and they had to forxce feed him orally with a catheter!!!! It was a gagging nightmare. He was 100% NG tube fed at the time and didn't know how to that's whyour test was soo bad.

It should NOT go like that for you. Bring something your son likes to eat and drink so he can have that.

Thsi test showed us that Jedd did NOT have pyloric stenossis and that al his anatomical parts had "grown" properly. It can also show if a child has malrotation of the intstines.

Good luck!!!!!

Jul 29, 2008
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Halley had hers at 2 months and it wasn't that big of a deal - she was more po'd that she didn't get to eat ahead of time. I think your ds will do very well - no sedation and it's a quick procedure (10 minutes max). Expect to see some white poop for the next few days after the exam.
Jul 29, 2008
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.

Katie had hers at 9 months; she threw up everything for the rest of the day(including Barium-which stains btw). The hardest part is getting them to drink the barium so bring a favorite drinking cup or one that he will enjoy using. It isn't painful and they aren't put under; the hardest part is no breakfast that morning. Because she is a baby she could eat up to 4 hours before but I don't know about your guy.

Our GI ordered the same tests and the allergist; ask for the blood test instead of the skin test as it is more accurate. Husband has eczema and when they did the skin test he tested allergic to everything even though he eats them with no reaction.

Let us know how the tests go and if you need ?'s answered or just need to vent!

Jul 30, 2008
Thank you
Thank you for all of your posts. I have a much clearer picture of what to expect now. It sounds like the constipation is the worst part of it. Thanks again!
Jul 31, 2008
acony bell
Jesse, Mommy to:
Joseph William, 2/19/2007.
Diagnosed *finally* with GERD at 11 months. Stopped pevacid at 2.5 years old.
Lilybelle, 3/11/2009.
Another kid with REFLUX! Upper GI on Monday. PH Probe and Modified GI in a few weeks. Currently takes 7.5mg Prevacid once daily.
the swallow test wasn't bad at all. we thought it would be horrible (he was 11 mos) b/c they have to strap him down for the xray. he did fine... he held my hand the whole time and drank the barium all up. we thought he wouldn't take the bottle (he was breastfed) but i think he was so hungry from the 6 hours with no food he took it right down. its actually pretty neat watching them reflux in the xray. in our experience, the ph probe insert was much more traumatic than the barium swallow test.

Good Luck!

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doctor first!