July 2nd, 2014 | As a parent, you worry when your child has a fever, especially if it occurs late at night. When fevers come on, you might ask yourself, should we go to the emergency room or should we wait to see the doctor? While there are no hard and fast rules, the guidelines below may help you decide what kind of medical care to seek… Continue Reading
H. Pylori Testing
H. Pylori, a bacteria that can infect the stomach and cause ulcers, can be diagnosed using a breath test in which the child is asked to drink a special solution and breathe into a small tube at several timed intervals. H. pylori may also be diagnosed during endoscopic examination from a biopsy of the stomach.
Lactose Intolerance Testing
The hydrogen breath test measures the amount of hydrogen in a person's breath. Your child will be asked to breathe into a balloon-type container to get a baseline reading. Next your child will be asked to drink a flavored liquid that contains lactose. Breath samples will be collected at set time periods to test if the hydrogen level in the breath changes. If your child's body has trouble breaking down lactose, the hydrogen level in their breath will increase. Your child should not eat eight hours before the test.