A hydrogen breath test is done to see whether
your child is able to digest and absorb certain
sugars. The most common sugar tested is
lactose, the sugar found in milk. Other sugars
that can be tested include fructose, sucrose,
lactulose and even starch. If your child is not
able to digest the sugar, the body cannot
absorb it. This may cause gas, crampy pain in
the abdomen and diarrhea.
Hydrogen gas is produced from the
unabsorbed sugar as it reaches the large
intestine. This gas can be measured in your
child’s breath. During the hydrogen breath
test, breath samples are taken and sent to
the lab to be checked for hydrogen.
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