H. Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a bacteria that can live in the stomach. It can cause ulcers and/or swelling of the stomach and esophagus. H. Pylori may cause your child to have nausea, vomiting, burping, stomach pain, and/or to lose weight. A H. Pylori breath test tests for this bacteria.
What can I expect during Pediatric H. Pylori Breath Test?
This test is short and pain free.
First, a nurse will ask your child to blow into a small bag. This will be the “baseline” breath sample.
Then the nurse will ask your child to drink a special liquid through a straw.
After 15 minutes the nurse will ask your child to blow into another bag. This will be the “test” breath sample. Both of these breath samples will be sent to special lab for testing.
The lab will send your doctor a report with your child’s test results in about a week. After you leave our office, your child may have liquids, food, and medicines as normal.