Gastrointestinal illnesses and conditions are common in childhood. They include stomach aches, eating disorders, food allergies and intolerances, non-appropriate weight gain, loss of appetite, acid reflux, constipation and gastrointestinal viruses. Many parents have to deal with these issues and often an endoscopy is needed, though this decision will always be made by a specialist in gastroenterology.
WHAT IS AN ENDOSCOPY?
An endoscopy examination is a diagnostic method involving the use of a fiberglass optical instrument to look inside internal organs. During the procedure the doctor is able to get information regarding the internal organ and the surrounding tissue structure. This can be of great help when trying to determine the root cause of any symptoms. The doctor is then able to reach a diagnosis based on the images provided by the endoscopy and a subsequent biopsy test. At our clinic it is possible for children to have a gastroscopy (examination of the stomach) or a colonoscopy (examination of the large intestine). These are often essential in establishing a diagnosis. Again, this decision will always be made be a specialist in gastroenterology.
DOES IT HURT?
If you are a parent, you may be wondering about whether an endoscopy might be too much for your child. Endoscopic procedures can certainly be uncomfortable, which is why we examine children under general anesthetic, with the help of our excellent anesthetist. This means that the procedure is entirely pain free, so your child won’t feel a thing. Throughout the entire process, our colleagues always take the utmost care to ensure that our young patients are comfortable and that the time spent at the clinic is as positive an experience as possible. Once the examination is completed, our professional team help the children relax in our recovery room.