During the test, your child will drink special liquid called barium. Barium is a milky white liquid that is usually strawberry or fruit-flavored. After he / she drinks the liquid, a doctor (radiologist) or X-ray technologist will take X-rays of the child's belly.
Nothing will hurt your child during the test, but he / she will need to lie still on the X-ray table. If your child is unable to lie still, our staff may assist your child with holding still.
Often, more X-ray pictures are taken after waiting for the barium to pass through the stomach and intestines. The test may last two hours or more. The X-ray technologist will keep you informed. Parents are encouraged to stay in the X-ray room during the test. Most children are less apprehensive and more cooperative when a loved one is with them. If you are pregnant, you will have to wait outside the room. It is a good idea for siblings to stay with another caregiver.
It is possible that during the procedure your child may experience some discomfort. Please tell the doctor, nurse or technologist if pain occurs.