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Sep 14, 2011
Does my son need an endoscopy?
Hi, my 3.5 yr old son suffered from painful reflux from birth. He was on 20mg losec up to 12 months of age and neocate formula until two. He has cows milk protein intolerance and suspect he may have other intolerances, possibly wheat and salicylates. He also had a feeding aversion until 18 months of age. He now eats fantastically, is not on medication and does not complain of pain HOWEVER in the past 8 or so months he visibly refluxes A LOT. Some days are worse than others. He has also woken nearly every night for the past year. 3 weeks ago we stopped giving him tomatos and broccoli and his refluxing has reduced dramatically and he has slept through almost every night. He is booked to have an endoscopy next month (the gastroenterologist didn't sound like he thought it was essential but has booked him in to ease our concern). I am wondering if anyone else has had a child who does not complain of pain, obviously refluxes and has had an endoscope and discovered there is a problem? I'm really confused whether to have the procedure as I know there are risks. He has had no procedures at all yet. Any advice?
Sep 14, 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:
Yes I would do one. They are really fast procedures too. All of 15 mins. We barely had time to check into the surgery waiting room and sit down, get a cup of coffee and the GI was coming out to talk to us.

At that age, I'd ask about an anti anxiety med if you think he is going to have issues leaving you and going to the O.R. without you. (at our hosp. we aren't allowed in the O.R., we have a "kiss and cry" area)

Jedd has gone to the O.R. 7 times and we used Versed with him because even by 18 months old he would scream and kick up a HUGE fuss just when we entered the surgical waiting room let alone when we parted with him for surgery.

They give the kids just enough gas to make the drowsy and then they are right up and out.

Our time frame upon leaving the hosp. when done will be different than others because this was Jedd's second trip (first after open heart surgery) so we had to do extra stuff and stay extra long as a precaution.

All in all a useful test as well.

Sep 15, 2011
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I would do the scope. It is quick and painless. One of the hard thing with the reflux ride is the not knowing and always guessing part. If you get the scope it is one thing you will know.
Check with your
doctor first!