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Welcome to Dayton Children’s. Your child is going to have a herniogram. It is very important for both you and your child to be prepared for the procedure. Being prepared will help you get your child ready for the test and support him/her through it. The information in this handout describes the herniogram. It is designed to answer your questions and help you explain the test to your child. This information does not replace information given to you by your physician or other members of your child’s health care team.

What is a herniogram?
The purpose of a herniogram is to check for a hernia. A hernia is a weak spot of the muscle, which allows part of the bowel to slip through. This may cause a small bulge under the skin.

What happens during a herniogram?
The x-ray technologist will take an x-ray first. Your child’s lower stomach area will be cleaned with betadine (a brown soap). The x-ray doctor (radiologist) will inject contrast material (dye) into the stomach area below the naval. A few more x-rays will be taken.

What will my child feel during the herniogram?
Your child will not feel the camera taking pictures. He/she will feel a “poke” or “pinch” with the needle injection of contrast. It can be compared to immunization injections. It is very important for your child not to move during the test. We may use small sandbags, blanket wraps, and/or velcro safety belts to position your child.

How can I help prepare my child for the herniogram?
When and how to prepare your child for a herniogram depends on his/her age. For infants, no preparation is necessary, as long as you understand the procedure. Toddlers require very simple preparation and explanation just before the procedure begins. Older children require more detailed information in advance. Adolescents should be prepared far enough in advance to give them time to ask questions. It is important to tell your child what to expect, including the different sensations he/she may feel. Most children will be concerned about what they will feel throughout the test. Many ask if it will hurt. It is always important to be honest with your child. Resist saying it won’t hurt. You can say, “Your test might feel uncomfortable for a short time but I will help you get through it.” When you arrive for your appointment, a staff member will discuss the procedure in an age appropriate way with your child. They will address any concerns that you or your child may have and if necessary help him/her come up with some ways to get through the procedure. At Dayton Children’s, we take these extra steps because our goal is to decrease your child’s anxiety and make this experience as comfortable as possible. Your child will be in the room about 30 minutes.

How can I help my child during the herniogram?
Many times the mere presence of a parent or caregiver is enough to soothe a child. Two parents are welcome in the room while we explain, discuss and perform the test. Other family members and pregnant women will be asked to wait in our waiting room. If your child has a special toy or blanket that provides a sense of security to them, please bring the item with you. Many children benefit from distraction especially during the injection. Taking deep breaths with your child can help relax the body and relieve anxiety. The staff in x-ray may use toys, bubbles, books, or videos to divert your child’s attention. Some children need to cry throughout the procedure. Crying is a healthy way of coping because it allows them to express their emotions.

What happens after the herniogram?
There are no restrictions after the exam. Your child may resume normal activities. A report will be sent to your referring doctor, usually within a week. You should call your doctor if you notice any of the following:
• swelling or redness in the area of the injection
• your child is eating less than usual
• vomiting
• fever

For further questions about this test, please call Dayton Children’s Medical Imaging Department: 937-641-3888 or 1-800-228-4055.

PDF: Child Health Information - HERNIOGRAM

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Corregido: 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2005


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