Conditions + Treatments

Pyloric Stenosis in Children

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Pyloric stenosis is a common problem that occurs in babies during early infancy. Babies with this condition have vomiting as their primary symptom.

  • The vomiting usually happens in infants when they are 2 to 3 weeks old, but can happen as late as 6 weeks old.
  • The vomiting is usually forceful and projectile—it can be so forceful that it can be ejected from one to four feet from your child.
  • The vomit consists of clear fluid or curdled milk.
  • The infants are healthy and vigorous, but develop episodes of spitting up and vomiting that progressively worsen.
  • The vomiting tends to occur within 30 to 60 minutes of feeding. Commonly, after your infant vomits, he is then very eager to eat again.

How Children's approaches pyloric stenosis

Boston Children's Hospital is a world leader in the field of pediatric gastroenterology and child nutrition. Our specialty programs provide innovative care not available at other hospitals for children with gastrointestinal problems and nutritional problems.

We offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and have a new state-of-the-art endoscopy and motility unit. Our innovative Rapid Response Program is designed to aid pediatricians requesting urgent referrals for their patients.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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