Colonoscopy Preparation for Infants under 1 year of age

Colonoscopy Preparation

Children under 1 year of age

Bowel cleaning must be done BEFORE your child’s colonoscopy.

A proper bowel cleaning will make sure that all stool is out of the colon. If this cleaning is not done right, the doctor will not be able to closely see all of the bowel and the procedure will have to be done again.

It is very important to make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids and does not become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include: a dry sticky mouth, decreased urine output (little or no urine output for 8 hours) or dark urine, dizziness or lightheadedness, lethargy or decreased energy or playfulness, or lack of tears.

If you think your child is becoming dehydrated, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

ALL LABORATORY TESTS ORDERED BY YOUR DOCTOR MUST BE DONE AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE OR THE CHILD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THE COLONOSCOPY ON THE SCHEDULED DAY.

Children’s Hospital Outpatient Surgery Department will call you after 6:00 PM the day before the colonoscopy to let you know when you should arrive in the morning for the procedure. If you have not received a call by 8:00 PM, call 541-8580 and ask what time you should be there for the procedure.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

Step One:

Your child may have formula until 12:00 noon. After that time your child can only have Pedialyte and clear juices up to 4 hours before the time for the procedure. NO RED OR ORANGE fluids should be given. There is no limit to the amount of Pedialyte and clear juice your child can have, and we encourage you to offer plenty of fluids to be sure your child does not become dehydrated.

Step Two:

  • At 10:00 AM have your child drink ______ ounces of Magnesium Citrate followed by 4 ounces of Pedialyte.

Step Three:

  • At noon mix _____ teaspoons of Miralax with 16 ounces of Pedialyte. Allow your child to drink this until finished over the next 3 hours.

Step Four:

  • At 4:00 PM give ______ ounces of Magnesium Citrate followed by 4 ounces of Pedialyte.

***If your child still does not have clear watery diarrhea by midnight, repeat STEP FOUR. If you have questions or not sure what to do after office hours, please call the office and select the option to speak with the doctor on call.

***If your child is sick or has a fever within 24 hours of the time of his/her procedure, please notify our office.