Babies with pyloric stenosis may have symptoms, such as:
No one knows what causes pyloric stenosis. Medication, hormones, and growth factors have all been associated with pyloric stenosis. Genetics may also play a role.
Babies with the following conditions or characteristics are at greater risk for developing pyloric stenosis:
If your baby has symptoms of pyloric stenosis, take the baby to the doctor or the hospital right away. Your doctor will do a physical examination, check for stomach symptoms, and use ultrasound to see whether the thickness and length of the pyloric muscle are abnormal.
Don't give the antibiotic erythromycin to infants. Babies receiving oral erythromycin may be at higher risk for pyloric stenosis.
Pyloric stenosis is usually treated with surgery.
Some babies may get better when given atropine sulfate -- intravenously (IV) at first, and then by mouth.
Usually, laparoscopic surgery resolves pyloric stenosis. The surgeon makes a small incision near the baby's navel and uses a camera and surgical instruments to cut the muscles around the pylorus. Symptoms usually get better around 24 hours after surgery.
Pyloric stenosis is a serious condition and should be treated by a medical doctor. Ask your doctor before using any complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) on an infant.
Making sure that you are eating right and getting enough vitamins and minerals while you are pregnant can help you deliver a healthy baby. Make sure you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and protein. Take a prenatal vitamin as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor about any herbs and supplements you are using or considering using.
Your baby may lose weight or be undernourished. Ask your doctor how to best help your baby get the nutrients he or she needs after pyloric stenosis has been treated.
If you are breastfeeding, make sure you eat a healthy diet so that the benefits are passed on to your baby. The following nutritional tips may help breastfeeding mothers:
Getting 5 to 10 billion CFUs a day of probiotic supplements (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus) can help maintain good gastrointestinal health. Refrigerate your probiotic supplements for best results. If you are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if your baby would benefit from taking probiotics before taking them. Always ask your doctor before giving your child any dietary supplements.
There are no herbs that can treat pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis needs conventional medical care. If you want to use herbs to help your baby recover from surgery, ask your pediatrician which herbs might help. Do not give any herbs to your child without asking your doctor first.
Surgery is generally needed to cure pyloric stenosis. But a professional homeopath may use one of the following remedies to treat the vomiting associated with this condition. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type -- your physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for a particular individual. You should only use homeopathy under the supervision of an experienced homeopath, and in close consultation with the child's pediatrician.
Touch is an important part of infant well-being. Gently stroking your baby's hands and feet may reduce stress and be soothing to your baby, especially while in the hospital.
Your baby needs quick emergency treatment to avoid life-threatening fluid and electrolyte imbalance. If found quickly, the prognosis for recovery and improved growth is very good. Possible complications include vomiting that continues after surgery, gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach), hiatal hernia, or another obstruction.
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