My son's doctor didn't do any testing for the initial diagnosis. There are some tests, but some doctors consider them invasive and feel that a med trial is a good means of testing for reflux. With my son, we trialed meds, tinkered with dosages and got him feeling better. If we skipped a dose, he would get worse, so it was VERY good indication that reflux was the issue. We did do an upper GI to make sure his anatomy was normal, but that is NOT a test for reflux. Reflux testing would involve an endoscopy and pH probe. We haven't put him through any of that because it isn't necessary. He's 2 1/2 now and back on meds (Prevacid now), based on symptoms. I knew from infancy WHAT the issue was and his GI was more than willing to help him out. It makes a HUGE difference. He's happy now, sleeps well again and actually EATS.
at 8:42 AM on Jan. 30, 2010