Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2009/10/15


Reflux starting at 9 months? pyloric stenosis?

Dear Paed

As mentioned in my previous email, my son had surgery for pyloric stenosis at 3 weeks. He has been vomiting on and off for the last 3 weeks. I had him weighed yesterday, and he lost 240 g in a week' s time and his weight is now at he 25th percentile for his length. He did have fever with vomiting and diarrhea over the weekend for about 24 h, but the 240 g seems a lot for just 24 h of misery? I have an appointment with Prof Brown on Monday, but I' m sick with worry. Baby is crying excessively after drinking and vomiting up at least one meal a day. Sounds like reflux, but I' m worried that the pyloric stenosis may not have been completely relieved. He has been fine until now 3 weeks ago. His bowel movements are normal.

Any comment would be much appreciated.

Expert's Reply



It is possible that your baby's pyloric stenosis has recurred although this would be very unusual indeed.You are in the best possible hands with Prof Brown so all will be well once he has seen your son.

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Posted by: Tammy | 2009/10/15

hi there

my son had severe reflux, what they can do on your son to determine if he has reflux is a barrium swallow, you take your child to x-rays when its time for a bottle, then they make a mixture up in the bottle for baby to drink, while he drinks they take xrays and they check what happens with the fluid he drinks, whether it goes back up into the oesophagus (sp?) or what.

That is a basic test. My son went for g-scopes etc to determine the severity of his reflux.

Just a thought.

Also you can go get motillium which is an over the counter med for your son to help relieve the heartburn and nausea and if it is reflux your pead can prescribe losec

also you get stuff called thick n easy, which we bought at pharmacy, you put like half a teaspoon of this powder in the milk which thickens it and helps settle it in the tummy. You can get nestargel too which is a mission but helps.

Also if you can get gaviscon for infants which is not available anymore really but we got it directly from the pharmacuetical (sp?) company after we applied at the medical board to use it for our daughter who also had reflux.

Also don' t let your son lie flat on his back - get a wedge for him to put under his matress or even a brick under each leg on one side of the cot just so he is at a 45 degree angle when he lays down and not flat on his back - it helps with the milk pushing up.

sorry a mouthful i typed here but we' ve been through it all as far as reflux is concerned.

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