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Sep 13, 2010
New PHProbeStudy
Our gastroenterologist wants our 5 mo old daughter to do a Ph Probe study to check the status of her GER. Have any of you done the study at home versus at a hospital and if so, did you have any problems with the child taking the tube out while at home? We have to private pay and are trying to make the right decision about whether to just go the hospital or do it at home.
Sep 13, 2010
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
we had it placed and went home for 24 hours...but Zack was 15 months old...he would never have stayed put in a hopspital well...At 5 months old I would think you could do it in either place and not have much difference...your daughter is too young to be frightened by the place...but she also doens't pose much risk (yanking out the tube) if you take her home. I was pleasantly surprised that Zack didn't mess with his at all. We jsut kept him busy, then that night we had a "sleepover" int he livingroom (so I could sleep wiht him and he wouldn't get tangled. They would probably put your daughter in arm restraints (like straight boards) if you send her home (otherwise you would never be able to take your eyes off of her... placement and removal were semi traumatic, but all in all it was not a big deal. Good luck!
Sep 16, 2010
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Lorenzo had one done in the hospital at 15 months and one at home at 3 years. We didn't have a problem with either in term if him pulling it out. At 15 months, they used arms braces to keep him from bending his arms at the elbow, which I thought would bother him a lot, but did not. At 3 years, we just explained to him the if he pulled it out he would have gone through the placement for nothing, which was enough to prevent him even wanting to touch it (but I know some kids need arm braces even at older ages). Like Zack's mom said, at 5 months it probably won't make much difference where you are, at least to your LO, and they will almost certainly use arm braces of some sort. I guess if I were going through it with a little one, I would choose inpatient because in the event that something went wrong, or she was acting in a way that worried me, there'd be someone right there to ask about it.
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doctor first!