Chest X-Ray

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  1. Whisper

    Whisper Mummy to DD & DS

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    Amelia's doctor has requested that she have a chest X-Ray so we are taking her down this week to get it done.

    I am quite nervous about how the whole procedure will happen. Will they let me stay with her? How exactly do they perform the X-Ray?

    If anyone could give me some helpful advice i would really appreciate it to help us on the day and put my mind at ease.

    Thanks
     
  2. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Mum of 2! Pg with # 3!

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    Why is your daughter having a chest x-ray? I'm sorry she's sick. hugs.

    A ches x-ray is a very simple procedure and won't cause her any pain. All they do is lay her on a table that is hard and cold(but usually they lay a blanket down) and then will have you put on a lead jacket and make sure you dont have a chance of being pregnant because you dont want to be exposed to the x-ray if pregnant.

    Anyways they will lay her down and they will cover her lower body to keep as much from radiation as possible. They will then have you help her still and they go back behind the window take a look and put a button that takes the picture.

    It is not painful what so ever, and she might cry just because you are holding her still. They need her as still as possible so that she doesnt move and they have to retake the picture. You are able to stay with her unless your pregnant they would recommend you step out....but that's up to you.

    All three of my kids have had many x-rays and it goes very well. They usually cry because I'm holding their arms and legs, and of course they dont like to be restrained. My newest baby has had many lung issues and he's had about 6 chest x-rays and he's done wonderful.

    Good luck and don't worry it will all go smoothly. I'll pray you get good results. Sorry you have to go through this. xx

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Mum of 2! Pg with # 3!

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    If she's still they picture takes about 2 seconds, and getting her ready takes about 2 mins. It's very quick and easy and painless procedure!:)
     
  4. Whisper

    Whisper Mummy to DD & DS

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    Thanks for the info, she has had a constant cough and runny nose since she was born, she has had antibiotics 3 times already this year and its just getting silly. So the doctor wants to rule out the obvious major problems, but she thinks it might be her adenoids.

    I have been putting it off for a while because everyone says that babies get coughs and colds a lot when they are young, but there is literally no break.

    I don't think there is anything hugely wrong i am confident its not life threatening and i don't feel very emotional about it all, but its better to be safe than sorry.

    It sounds like you have had a lot of experience with this kind of thing, thank you very much for explaining it to me :) xx
     
  5. scrummy mummy

    scrummy mummy Baby number 3 on board x

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    my lo was exactly the same and i took him for a chest xray earlier this year- alls we had to do was he stood up in front of the scanner thing and i stood behind him with s lead jacket on. they we went back about 2-3 weeks later for the results- he had a constant cough and cold and numerous chest infections ect

    im sure it will be fine try not to worry :hugs: thats easier said than done...
     
  6. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Mum of 2! Pg with # 3!

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    Your welcome. Was she a preemie baby? It is common to get colds and viruses that can stick for a few weeks. But after a few weeks if things still aren't better then it's always good to look into them. Does she go to daycare?

    Yea my youngest has sounded that way for a long time, despite pneumonia a few times and being born at 33 weeks he still is always wheezing and has a cough. He never sounds healthy. He's been on antibotics for months and steroids, and inhalers. We have finally decided to run more tests as the doctor things it could be something more or asthma. Although asthma is very hard to diagnose in an infant. We'll see..we have to have a ct and MRi on the chest as it can see more then an xray.

    Again good luck and I'm sure everything will be fine.:) Lets us know the results. xx
     
  7. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Mum of 2! Pg with # 3!

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    Have you tried putting a vaporizer in her room at night? It really helps keep them clear and so the room doesn't get so dry. I have one year round in my kids rooms.
     
  8. Whisper

    Whisper Mummy to DD & DS

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    Nope she was in fact 14days late! She goes into nursery/daycare 1 day per week, But that has been since she was 9months old and well this has been going on longer.

    I really hate giving her antibiotics i would rather they find out the cause so it doesn't keep happening iykwim?

    I hope your lil man gets diagnosed soon too, just wish they could invent something that just does a quick painless/harmless scan and tells us whats wrong with them! I am thinking Amelia has asthma too and i have read that using a vaporiser will just aggravate it because it encourages the dust mites to multiply?

    She has the xray tomorrow and then we have to wait 2weeks for the results :growlmad:

    Keep us posted on your results too. xx
     
  9. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Mum of 2! Pg with # 3!

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    You have to wait two weeks for results..? My goodness! We get them in the next 24hours here. Thats a bummer. SO how did the test go?
     
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    Whisper Mummy to DD & DS

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    Well they had a brief look and said they couldn't spot anything significant but she also said she wasn't specialised in chest xrays just broken bones. The actual procedure went really really well. i just stripped her down sat behind her on the table with the lead apron on and held her against the board. She was an angel and didn't complain at all!

    I know its a bummer the radiologist has to write to my doctors with the results and being Xmas......
     

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