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What To Ask Before Your Child's Barium Swallow Study

A barium swallow study can be overwhelming and exhausting. To help better prepare you and your family, Coping With LM has created a list of suggest questions for you to ask.

1. How long will the test be?

2. Can I feed my baby prior to the test?

3. What should I do if my baby is breastfed and does not take a bottle?

4. My baby is on thickened feeds, should I bring his/her thickener?

5. What size bottle nipple should I bring?

6. Can I hold my baby during the test?

7. What position will my baby be fed in?

Upright? Side-laying? On his/her back?

8. Will my baby experience any side effects from the barium?

9. Will my baby be constipated afterwards? If so, what can I do to help?

10. I am pregnant, can I still be in the room during the test?

11. My baby is on reflux medication, should I give him/her the morning dose?

12. What should I do if my baby wakes up with a fever the day of the test?

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