A colonoscopy is a test that allows the doctor to see your child's colon (large intestine) by using a scope with a light and camera built into it to take pictures. The scope is gently passed through the rectum into the lower intestine allowing the doctor to examine the lining of the colon. The test helps the doctor to see what is causing your child's pain. Other examples of why someone would need a colonoscopy would be to detect inflammation, identify site of bleeding, or take biopsies. The anesthesiologist will talk with you and your child regarding the medication given during the procedure. The endoscopy test takes approximately 40-45 minutes from the time your child goes to sleep and goes to recovery.
Prior to Your Child's Colonoscopy Checklist
Prior to your child's day in Endoscopy, please discuss with your child's doctor the following:
- Any medical preparation your child may need before their procedure
- The scheduled procedure time and date, as well as, the time you'll need to arrive at the hospital on the day of the procedure
- When to have your child stop eating and drinking - including water, gum and mints
- What care your child will need at home after their procedure
- Your doctor will prescribe a prep solution for your child to cleanse the colon prior to the colonoscopy; the doctor's office will give additional instructions.
- If your child becomes sick or you need to cancel your child's procedure, please call Dr. Khaled's office at (309)672-4200 or UnityPoint Health Methodist/Proctor at (309)672-5768
Day of Colonoscopy Checklist
What to bring with you on the day of your child's procedure:
- When you arrive at UnityPoint Health Methodist please check in at the patient registration desk located on the first floor of UnityPoint Health - Methodist.
- Please arrive at the patient registration area on time. Every effort is made by the doctor and medical staff to start the procedure on time. However, procedures may be delayed due to emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances. You will be kept informed regarding any delays.
- Please bring your child's favorite security object from home (pacifier, toy, blanket, or hand held game)
- Your child's preferred empty bottle, sippy cup or sports bottle for a drink in recovery after the procedure.
- Insurance card, ID, paperwork, etc.
- Medication Information - Names and doses and time of day taken
- Guardianship papers, if applicable
- Please dress your child in comfortable clothes
- Female patients ten years or older will need to submit a urine sample prior to the procedure
- Please do not allow your child to take any medications unless instructed/approved by the doctor
Following the Colonoscopy
- Discharge instructions will be provided by the Endoscopy department following procedure
- If your child develops a fever, chest pain, abdominal pain or any other symptoms call your doctor immediately or go to Emergency room
- No driving is allowed the day of procedure following the test
- No soda or apple juice following the test; other diet restrictions will be determined by the doctor
- Your child may experience some gas discomfort following the procedure; please encourage your child to pass this gas
- You child's biopsy report will be given per Dr. Khaled at the follow up appointment (approximately one week)
If you have any additional questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call Dr. Khaled's office between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 309-672-4200; or you can call UnityPoint Health - Methodist Endoscopy between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday at 309-672-5768.
We look forward to meeting you and your child!