An improved method for collecting breath from 3- to 7-year-old children

Anthony A. Wang, Katie N. Paige, H. Rex Gaskins, Margarita Teran-Garcia

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Abstract

Breath sampling and analysis provide healthcare professionals with a practical, noninvasive diagnostic measurement for children with a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. New biomarkers found in human breath have been investigated and provide the opportunity to diagnose bacterial overgrowth and other underlying causes of GI dysfunction. Although several protocols have been described previously regarding breath sampling, few have demonstrated the feasibility of collection in young children. This communication introduces a simple game that allows for 3- to 7-year-old children to practice breath exhalation to give a proper breath sample in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The technique described offers clinicians a creative approach for obtaining breath samples from a child by reducing the apprehension and anxiety associated with the research and clinical environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-509
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

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Keywords

  • gastroenterology
  • nutrition assessment
  • pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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