You and your child may have questions about your child's upcoming test or procedure at the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at Boston Children's. While each child and visit is different, the following information applies to a majority of our patients.
Before your visit:
- Talk honestly and openly with your child about the upcoming test or procedure. Explain in simple terms why the test is needed and what will happen.
- To help comfort your child, tell him or her that he or she may bring a favorite book, stuffed animal, blanket or music.
- You will be able to stay with your child during the test. (Or, in some cases, you will stay with the child until he or she falls asleep from sedation medication.)
- Most tests and procedures are not painful, but some children may have discomfort when certain medications are given. They may also need to stay still, in bed or a chair, during the test.
During your visit:
- If possible do not bring siblings or any other children with you to the test.
- If you must bring other children, please have another adult present so you can focus on the needs of the patient.
- In many cases it is important that your child remain still during his procedure. If you feel your child will have trouble staying still, please let us know. Some children need sedation (medicine to cause sleepiness) to help them sleep during the test.
After the visit:
- If your child did not require sedation, please talk with a doctor or nurse about how soon you will be able to leave the hospital.
- If your child did receive sedation, the nurse will move him or her to the recovery area while you head to the family waiting area. From there, a nurse will bring you to the recovery area to be with your child.
- Since your child may still be sleepy or unsteady after sedation, please arrange to have private transportation to go home. Do not plan to take a bus or the MBTA. If a ride has not been arranged, the test may need to be rescheduled for a time when private transportation is available.