Thursday, December 16, 2010

Children's GI

We took "A" to the Gastroenterologist at Seattle Children's Hospital the other day and I am so impressed with how they treated us and what they said. The doctor that we met was really nice and took the time to answer all of my questions, make sure that I understood what reflux is, understood the next step and was just overall awesome.

We ended up doing an upper GI series. It was not half as bad as I expected it to be. The hardest part was her being strapped to a board for the photos to be taken. She drank the barium from a syringe like a champ and barely cried. She did not like being rocked back and forth or upside down in order for the barium to coat her tummy but she still did okay. The results of the series were that there were no structural anomalies, but they are unable to tell from this test whether or not she has reflux, but we know that she does.

The doctor did recommend that we start her on solids, so two days before she turned six months she started solids. She did fine with the oatmeal, as I was afraid that rice cereal might constipate her as was also a risk from the barium. No such problems. This has made it a little more difficult to go with only baby-led weaning, which is when you skip the mushy foods and give the baby finger foods to eat. We are going to go that route for the main part but we still want her to have the cereal as it is supposed to help with her reflux.

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