Diagnoses and Tests for Baby Reflux Acid Disorder – Baby Colic

by on March 7th, 2015
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Previously published in Examiner

Part 5 of the baby colic series

Many Montrealers suffer from GERD, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease. This disease is chronic, meaning people suffer from it for many years. Perhaps you suffer from it yourself of you know a person or two who is drinking pepto bismal like it is soda pop.

Montrealers will go to their family doctors or walk in clinic if they are concerned about GERD. The doctor will then refer them to a gastroenterologist. If you prefer a private clinic you can try: The Montreal Clinic J.S. Benhamron for Gastroenterology, the consultation is covered by medicare. Children will be seen by their pediatricians who may refer them to a specialist after the initial consultation.

Diagnostic testing for Infant acid reflux

Blood and Urine Tests

If you doctor is concerned about your baby’s inability to gain weight on par with other children of the same age, he or she will start with blood and urine tests. These tests will also be done to help determine why your baby is vomiting so much.

Esophageal pH monitoring

Esophageal pH monitoring tests are done to measure the acidity of the esophagus which may be causing the irritability (colic) sleeping problems, and other issues associated with GERD. The test will look scary as the doctor will insert a tiny tube through the baby’s nose or mouth to get to the esophagus. Don’t worry your baby will be okay. The monitoring is usually done for 24 hours.

Upper GI series

When the doctor believes there is some kind of obstruction that might be causing the acid reflux, he or she will order an Upper GI series. The baby is given a chalky substance to drink and this liquid called a Barium swallow, coats the gastrointestinal tract so that the technicians can clearly see on X rays if there is if there is anything blocking the pathway.

Upper endoscopy

The doctor may order an upper endoscopy to determine if there is any problems with the esophagus such as narrowing or inflammation. The endoscopy is a tube with a camera and a lens attached. When infants or children take this exam, they are put on general sedation.




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