Upper GI Endoscopy in Children: What to Expect at Home

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Your Child's Recovery

Your child had an upper GI endoscopy. Your doctor used a thin, lighted tube that bends to look at the inside of your child's esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.

You'll probably be able to take your child home after his or her medicine wears off. This takes 1 to 2 hours.

Your child may have a sore throat for a day or two after the test.

This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.

How can you care for your child at home?


  • Help your child rest as much as needed after going home.
  • Your child should be able to go back to his or her usual activities the day after the test.


  • Follow your doctor's directions for eating.
  • Be sure that your child drinks plenty of fluids (unless your doctor has said not to).


  • Your doctor will tell you if and when your child can restart his or her medicines. The doctor will also give you instructions about your child taking any new medicines.
  • Ask your doctor if you can give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol), a throat spray, or a throat lozenge if your child has a sore throat. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20. It has been linked to Reye syndrome, a serious illness.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your child passes out (loses consciousness).
  • Your child has trouble breathing.
  • Your child passes maroon or bloody stools.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has pain that does not get better after taking pan medicine.
  • Your child has new or worse belly pain.
  • Your child has blood in his or her stools.
  • Your child cannot pass stools or gas.
  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child is sick to his or her stomach and cannot hold down fluids.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child's throat still hurts after a day or two.

Where can you learn more?

Go to http://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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