Childhood Diseases

Posted by: pp | 2010-06-11


projectile vomiting.

Our month old grandson has started to projectile vomit once after each feed..He sleeps well& mdash -has to be woken for most feeds and sleeps from midnight to 5-6 in the am. He does not seem to be in any distress at all. A very contented baby..He is breast fed and picking up good weight. Could this be anything to worry about??pp

Expert's Reply



Yes this kind of vomiting is usually due to narrowing of the pyloric valve which is the valve leading from the stomach.This may require a small operation to correct the problem if the diagnosis is confirmed. Please ask your paediatrician to see him ASAP.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2010-06-14

My son had pyloric stenosis at 3 weeks, and was luckily diagnosed within 4 days of the vomiting starting before he developed a chemical imbalance. If the baby becomes dehydrated, then he will need a few days treatment before they can operate, so having it checked immediately is VERY important.

The pyloric valve is the one that leads from the stomach to the small intestine, and for some unknown reason it becomes enlarged mainly in boys. The milk then cannot move out of the stomach into the small intestine, so the stomach fills and fills while trying to squeeze the milk out. As the pyloric valve is blocked, the milk can go nowhere but straight up where it came from, and it is expelled by force. Sometimes up to more than a meter! The operation is done by laparoscopy, so only 3 minute incisions are made. Stay in the NICU is only about 3 days, so its over quickly. Best of luck to your little grandson!!

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