Upper GI and a Swollow study.

Aidyn has to go to Children's at OU for a upper GI and a Swollow study to try to figure out why his pneumonia won't go away. I'm not really sure how they do these was wondering if anyone knows more about this?

Upper GI and a Swollow study.
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    06/18/14
    4Katie
    An upper GI is an x-ray that is done. Usually the child will have to drink barium before and during the x-ray. They will take images to see where the barium goes. It will coat the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine so they can easily be seen.

    The swallow study is similar, he will have to swallow the barium, sometimes in different positions and different consistencies. They will be seeing if any of it goes into his lungs.

    I have done this test with two of my kids multiple times. It is no fun but it doesn't hurt them. Sometimes they have to strap the child down to a board to hold them still during the test. These tests will give them a lot of information. I suggest bringing your spouse with you for those tests too. Good luck!
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    06/18/14
    4Katie
    Honestly, I would not do these tests without seeing the lung specialist first.
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    06/18/14
    4Katie
    Usually you do, it depends on the hospital. I think parents should be in the room to help calm the child and to help make them drink. It is very scary for the child and I think they need their parents with them.
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    06/18/14
    4Katie
    The reason I suggest seeing a specialist first is because they may have a better idea of what is going on and might find these tests completely pointless. My daughter just saw a lung specialist recently and it turned out all the pneumonias that our regular doctors diagnosed were wrong. The lung specialist wanted to redo previously done tests too. I would hate for your son to go through anything unnecessarily.
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