Viewing the inside of your child’s gastrointestinal tract can be done simply and without an invasive procedure by using a capsule endoscopy. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists at Kids and Tummies use this test to determine the cause of digestive symptoms and make a diagnosis of their condition. To learn more, call one of the office in Gulfport, Mississippi, today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
A capsule endoscopy is an FDA-approved procedure that uses a very small, wireless camera to take pictures of the inside of your child’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It’s used to detect conditions such as, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or GI bleeding. The camera sits inside a tiny capsule shaped like a pill.
Before the procedure occurs, your provider walks you and your child through all of the steps.
Your child then swallows the capsule with a glass of water, and the camera starts taking thousands of images as it travels through their body. The pictures are transmitted to a recording device your chid wears.
The only precautions to take after your child has ingested the capsule include waiting a few hours before drinking clear liquids, waiting four hours before having a snack, and avoiding strenuous exercise. Otherwise, your child can go about their daily activities.
Once the device passes through the body, you can let it flush down the toilet. Then you take your child back to Kids and Tummies where your provider collects the recording device.
Capsule endoscopy has been found to be a safe procedure. It carries a small risk of getting stuck in the GI tract, but that usually happens in children that have a significant narrowing. A stuck capsule eventually passes on its own. In rare cases, if a capsule causes any issues, such as nausea, vomiting, or abdominal bleeding, it might need to be surgically removed.
Your gastroenterologist at Kids and Tummies can determine if a capsule endoscopy is the right choice for your child. If there’s any concern, your child may be able to have a traditional endoscopy instead to obtain the needed information.
Before your child has the procedure, they should stick to a diet of clear liquids for the entire previous day. They also need a laxative to clean out the GI tract so the camera can get clear images. They also need to avoid medications that might cause interference with the camera. The team gives you specific instructions ahead of time so you know exactly how to prepare.
To learn more about capsule endoscopy and to find out if it’s right for your child, call Kids and Tummies today or book an appointment online.