He may have pyloric stenosis, a condition which causes the stomach muscle to thicken and close off access to the intestines. My oldest had this condition too, and it's a simple surgery to fix.
One doctor thinks he has it (though not completely closed like Caleb's was). Another thought the thickness was in the range of normal (even though it was thicker then the given range of normal). So now a GI is being consulted to find out if we should have another, more accurate test done (barium x-raying).
Sigh. This is so much more difficult to deal with when other children are involved too. If he has it, we have to go to Mayo for the surgery and that's 3ish hours away.
But I just want Josiah to get better and to be able to eat without pain and spitting up most of the food.
We'll find out tomorrow if he needs more tests.
Oh goodness!! Poor thing and poor you!! I hope it all turns out ok! KUP!
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Definitely will keep him (and you) in my prayers.
Natalie had to have the barium x-ray done when she was a few weeks old. I was surprised at how easy it was. I hope that you get answers fast! Poor little guy!
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Lots of prayers being sent your way. Where do you live? I'm 5 hrs from the Mayo, northwest central MN.
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Prayers said! Been keeping up all day on FB. Hugs, hon!
Okay, I'm glad I won't get to talk to my doctor until morning. The lab report says his stomach was distended and says that it's because he wasn't fasting and that's why the results were difficult to see. Um sorry, no one asked me. He hadn't eaten since 5:00am, which means he had fasted 4 hours, which is in the accepted range for infant fast.
And how can he think 4mm is NOT at least the start of pyloric stenosis? Every medical journal my mom pulled up tonight (she's a nurse) and talking to my cousin (a surgeon who has done these surgeries) says that 4mm is the low end, but is it. If he's saying that it's because there wasn't a clear picture... well, as you can see, I'm a bit angry right now. I'll be able to calm down and rationally talk about it to my doctor in the morning... but come on. My son has a distended stomach when he's fasting. That's NOT normal. I've been through this before. It's not as bad as Caleb had it, but that does not mean that his pain isn't just as real.
Okay, now to go hug my little man some more and see if I can get him comfortable enough to sleep.