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Aug 22, 2009
Upper GI test prep for toddler
Hello everybody, Could you, please, share your tips at preparing for the Upper GI X-rays for a 2 year old. Our toddler is suffering from birth. Got on Zantac at 8 weeks. Switched to Prevacid at 11 months. DR was waiting for him to outgrow the reflux. Since it did not happen scheduled to do the X-rays on Tuesday. The appt was scheduled with my answering machine, so I did not get a chance to ask how I should prep my boy. Is he allowed to eat or drink in the morning before the test? Is there anything I can do to make it easier? Please let me know. I am new to posting even though I have been reading for many months now.
Aug 22, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
I don't believe eating or drinking are allowed for at least 6 hours prior. We had Allie's done at 7 weeks old though. I'd call the MD that scheduled it and ask for a prep list - food and drink limits, how long to be off meds or if he needs to be off at all, etc...I'm surprised the MD waited this long to do testing!!! Good luck!
Aug 22, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
i would call first thing monday morning. Our GI has a after hours call service and refuses to contact the GI for test orders after hours or on weekends. But your office may be different. i would call and ask b/c emily had hers done at 9 months this may mean different eating times for a toddler.

however, i would bring clothes that DO NOT have metal in them and maybe something for him to eat or drink AFTER the test. You should also bring some favorite toys too. The upper GI is actually pretty quick so you probably won't have to plan for being in the xray room very long- but you may experience an unexpected wait in the waiting room prior to testing. We've had many tests done and the ones at local hospital always are the longest waits, the ones at childrens are shorter. good luck! if you have nay other questions let us know!
Check with your
doctor first!