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Feb 14, 2011
upper GI scheduled for 4-month-old~ advice?
For anyone who has responded to earlier posts, I decided that we will go ahead with the upper GI. My baby is 4 months old and I am wondering if anyone has tips for helping it go as smoothly as possible?

My daughter had the same procedure done, but she was 2 years old, so I don't know what to expect with a baby. My biggest concern is not feeding him for 6 hours before, especially since he has been eating every 2-3 hours at night since he's been off the Zantac. (he was going 5-6 hours when he was on it) I am exclusively breastfeeding, so I'm sure I'll have to pump. Any other suggestions for distracting him/ getting him to keep sleeping?

Anyone have experience with what happens afterwards when they wake up from anesthesia as far as feeding/ vomiting? My daughter didn't eat much and vomited after her GI. I'm also wondering how they keep the tube in a little baby's nose...

It is a 3 hour drive away from home for us, so we'll be spending the night in a hotel, then driving home the next day (we will be staying overnight in the hospital one night).

Thanks for any/ all ideas!!

Feb 15, 2011
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
Try to call the doctor to be sure she can't be breastfed at all before procedure...probably not, but maybe she could have sugar water if she would take a bottle, call and ask? I was allowed to breast feed my son right after his endoscopy. Neither of my kids vomited or was sick at all, but some people get sick from anesthesia. I know how hard it is as a Mom to have to see your baby get this done. My 8yr old had 3 total, and looks like he might need another one soon. Luckily they don't remember it. good luck, good for you for getting it done. It will be nice to know if she has any damage or not.
Feb 20, 2011
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:
You won't need to have your child put under for an upper GI series to be done. It's done in the xray dept of the hospital.

FWIW, Jedd was not allowed to have anything after midnight the night before his UGI. They need to be empty for the test and they normally schedule them early in the morning. I think Jedd's was around 9:00 if I am remmbering correct.

They won't need to use a tube unless the child refusing to swallow anything while on the table. Jedd had an NG tube for feedings and yes, we ran some through his tube BUT they need to get xrays of him swallowing.

This was the second hardest test Jedd had done so only if you really want the details, will I tell you. Just let me know and I can tell you what happened.

For most kids, this is a REALLY easy test. Jedd's was harder due to him being 100% tube fed and not taking anything orally and then being "forced" orally to take formula.

That's the short of what happened. I can tell the long if you want me to.

Check with your
doctor first!