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.
What is my child allowed to eat and drink the day before a Pediatric Capsule Endoscopy?
Your child may eat a regular breakfast and lunch.
After 2:00 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 2:00 pm.
Medicines may be taken as usual the day before the test.
What are the prep instructions the morning of a Pediatric Capsule Endoscopy?
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.