Tomorrow my little V is going to have a Sweat Test at Great Ormond Street Hospital( It is number 1 children hospital in UK).
First I will have to take K to the nursery at 9am then rush to the hospital to be there at 10.
The sweat test is:
A sweat test is used to diagnose cystic fibrosis. During the test, medicine that causes sweating is applied with a gauze pad to either the arm or the thigh. A mild electrical current pushes the medicine into the skin to cause the child to sweat. The sweat is collected, and then the salt content of the sweat (sodium and/or chloride) is measured.
Why is She going to have one? Thats what I have found on cystic fibrosis:
- Children who have cystic fibrosis almost always have breathing problems and frequent lung infections( V has chest infection every month for 2nd year in a row.)
- Children who have cystic fibrosis may not be able to absorb nutrients from food and may have below-normal growth and development. Weight loss and difficulty gaining or maintaining weight are common problems for people of all ages who have cystic fibrosis.( My V has severe speech and language delay, poor appetite, she is underweight)
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Management of the disease varies from person to person and generally focuses on treating respiratory and digestive problems to prevent infection and other complications. Treatment usually involves a combination of medicines and home treatment methods, such as respiratory and nutritional therapies.
God I hope the test will be negative! It is so hard to watch your child being ill...
Wish us luck!