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Upper GI Dangers on Infants
bandolino posted:
My great granddaughter is 3-1/2 months old and has had problems with reflux since she was born. The pediatrician has changed her formula and medication quite a few times and nothing has helped thus far. My granddaughter is concerned as to what the next step should be in trying to find out if there is more going on. I know an Upper GI is performed on older individuals to determine specifically what is going on but what about infants? Can an Upper GI be done on an infant and if so, what are the dangers? An infant would have to be put to sleep for this procedure; what specific danger or concerns should my granddaughter be aware of? Should an Upper GI even be done on an infant? Answers are desperately needed because this has been going on for 3-1/2 months!
atti_editor responded:
Hi bandolino,

I am sorry that your great granddaughter is experiencing such discomfort. This article on GERD in infants and children has information that I think you may find helpful. It contains information on diagnosis including upper GI endoscopy and others. Your granddaughters doctor would be the person to speak with about risks of procedures and their potential benefits. The article also contains more information on treatment options and medications your doctor may have yet to try. Surgery is rarely needed for acid reflux in babies, but there is a section discussing the most often performed surgery when it is necessary. Our Baby Digestion and Reflux Directory has a lot more information you may be interested in. Please keep us updated on how she is doing.

Best wishes,

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