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Dec 17, 2009
What to expect from endoscopy?
My 4-month-old daughter's symptoms have been worsening, and after all the advice on here pushing for an endoscopy we decided to go with it. They scheduled us for one tomorrow morning. I am, of course, worried. What can I expect? I figure her throat will be sore for a few days. Will she be extra cranky or her typical crankiness, based on your experience? In the end, I decided she is on entirely too much meds to be screaming off and on day and night (30 mg Prevacid, 1/2 tsp Zantac); I need to know definitively whether she needs to continue on the meds. And of course I seek anything close to resembling a solution. Thank you all so much for your help! Happy Holidays!
Dec 17, 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.
from personal experience, if you have any doubts that the meds are not doing their job the endo is it. now, to prepare you; there is visible damage and microscopic damage both called inflammation. if she does not show visible damage such as ulcers red spots or other abnormalities, she could still show microscopic damage.

and STILL if there is no documentation of damage- that just means the meds ARE working to prevent damage. the dr. will discuss what you can do from there, like a trial med wean or a med change, or other tests.

as for tomorrow, the hospital will give you lots and lots and lots of info on what to expect you can ask all the nurses all the questions you think you need to. and everything will be fine :)

as for my experience. emily had her first endo at 10 months, she was sleepy during recovery she threw up 2 or 3 times which freaked me out b/c of blood- but that was considered normal in her case because of biopsies. she was still on formula only with cool water and we did tyloneol as needed.

her second endo was just a few months ago and she woke up in a great mood but was a terror the rest of the day. she couldn't sleep and was hysterical at everything. she ate frozen yogurt and drank water for the day but did not complain of pain and on both cases the next day was much better! good luck to you and your little girl!
Dec 17, 2009
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:
Scopes are fast and easy and an effective tool in the search for GERD issues. They are a great test to have done for sure.

Jedd's lasted all of around 15 mins. We had to arrive about 3 hour early, check in to the surgery center. They called us some time later after filling out forms and such. They did a full vital work up on him to deam him "healthy" to go under milk sedation. Then sent us back to the waiting room to wait.

They called him to go back after we talked to everyone, the GI the anesthesiologist, and some nurses. We gave him hugs and kisses and off he went.

We headed to the waiting room, checked in sat down and grab one of their free cups of coffee and literally just a few moments later out comes the GI to talk to us.

Jedd was tube fed when his was done so I can't answer as to how "sore" they are after wards. All his food was going in his NG tube anyways.

Take it easy on food, we started with clears and stayed there all day, but, Jedd motility really slows down after sedation. He also required an I.V. and a longer stay then normal in the PACU then you will have to. He needed prophylactic ABX because about 7 weeks prior he had had his heart repaired. Because of that we were required as well to stay a really really LONG time in the PACU under all sorts of observations that you will not have to do.

As long as she keeps down a good 4 ounce of clear fluid for at least an hour, they should let you take her home, provided she sedated easily and there were no O.R. issues.

Good Luck!!!! They only give them enough "gas" to make them really drowsy. I mean really drowsy, so she should wake up well for you. Don't be surprised if you go in the PACU and she is screaming though. She will be scared as it's a noisy, unfamiliar place and Mommy and Daddy are not there.

Dec 18, 2009
Holden had his at 5 months old. I told them to give him some anti naseua medicine when they sedated him so he would not be nauseated. He was the king of gagging so I figured he might throw up. Anyhow he woke up screaming but settled right down. Took two ounces of thickened pedialyte (everything has to be thickened for him) upon waking. Kept it down and took a bottle right after. After about 15 min of crying he was fine. He was not sore a bit and had biopsies taken as well. He did have a little bit of a dry cough for a couple of days after it. I guess he may have been irritated or it could have been from the bronchoscopy. They did a triple scope which means they Gi doc did his EGD, the pulmonologist did a bronchoscopy and lung wash to check for aspiration, and the ENT did a larangoscopy to check for clefts. So he had quite a good bit more done to him and he was just fine and back to his normal self almost immediately after. Let us know how it goes. I agree that is a lot of meds (although mine was on 30 mg of Prevacid at that age) for her to still be crying so. The scope should give some answers.
Dec 27, 2009
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Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
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How did the testing go? Everything ok?
Check with your
doctor first!