What kinds of tests will your child need?
Depending on your child's diagnosis and reason for the visit, there are many possible tests that may be performed. Some tests may be measured at every visit and other tests are usually periodically measured. Possible tests include:
- Weight, height, head circumference: growth measurements taken on a scale, stadiometer and using a tape measure.
- Recording of dietary intake: may be just a 24-hour recall or you may be requested to fill out a form for a 3-day food record.
- Skinfold Measurements: assesses body fat and muscle stores using calipers.
- Labs: check blood levels for electrolytes, liver function test, vitamin and mineral levels and others as needed.
- Urine samples: assessing for electrolyte, glucose and/or protein losses.
- Stool collections: could be a one-time test or a 72-hour collection to check for fat malabsorption. If necessary, may need to analyze it for other nutrient losses.
- Indirect calorimetry: assesses energy expenditure using computerized system where the patient lies under a clear hood so the expired CO2 is collected and analyzed.
Will any of these tests hurt?
No. None of the tests or exams that we do for nutrition are invasive or painful.