Pediatric Capsule Endoscopy
A pediatric capsule endoscopy is a wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) used to capture images of the intestine.
WCE is an exam of the small intestine. It uses a capsule with a tiny camera. Most children will easily swallow this capsule. The capsule is about the size of a large vitamin.
It can take pictures through the small intestine by sending images to a recording device that is worn around the waist. There are also 8 stickers placed on your child’s abdomen. These stickers help the capsule take the pictures. The patient wears this recording device for 8 to 10 hours.
The information received from the recording device is sent to a computer program. It is then reviewed by the gastroenterologist. The capsule is naturally passed in the stool.
The Day before the Test
- Your child may eat a regular breakfast and lunch.
- After 2 pm, your child may have clear liquids only. Do not give any red colored liquids! Examples of clear liquids are: apple juice, white grape juice, ginger ale, powdered drink mixes, such as Kool-aid or Crystal lite, clear soup broths, Jello, or popsicles without real fruit juice.
- Do not give any solid food, milk and milk products, or any juices with pulp, such as orange, pineapple, or grapefruit juice after 2 pm.
- Medicines may be taken as usual the day before the test.
The Morning of the Test
- Allow enough time to get to the hospital on time. If you arrive late, the procedure WILL BE cancelled.
- Do not give your child their morning medicines. However, you should bring your child’s medicines with you to the hospital.
- Your child may have clear liquids to drink until 3 hours before the scheduled procedure time.
- Your child may not have anything else to drink after this time. This includes water, gum, and hard candy.