Breath tests are used to diagnose a number of digestive conditions and infections. They are noninvasive exams that measure the amount of certain gases in the air that your child breathes out.
Breath tests help your child’s doctor understand what is happening in the stomach and small intestine during the digestive process.
There are two types of breath tests:
Your child may need a breath test if he or she is experiencing these symptoms:
Breath tests take between one and several hours to complete. H. pylori and hydrogen breath tests require children to fast before testing. On the day of the test, your child will drink a special solution. He or she will then be asked to breathe into a collection tube or balloon at specific timed intervals.
Breath tests measure the different levels of gases released by the body as the special solution is digested and absorbed.
Your child may experience some bloating and discomfort during the breath test. This is because the solution your child drinks is designed to produce the symptoms he or she has been experiencing so that they can be measured and studied. Most of these symptoms will subside shortly after the breath test is completed.
You can expect the following on the day of an H. pylori breath test:
You can expect the following after the H. pylori breath test:
You can expect the following before a hydrogen breath test:
You can expect the following on the day of the hydrogen breath test:
You can expect the following after the hydrogen breath test:
What hydrogen breath test results mean:
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