Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Children with this condition must have surgery. But your child’s dehydration and mineral imbalances may need to be treated first. Water and minerals can be replaced through intravenous (IV) fluid.
Once your baby is no longer dehydrated, they will have surgery. Your child will need anesthesia. Their surgeon will make a small cut (incision) above your baby’s navel. Then the surgeon will fix the pyloric muscle.
Your baby will stay in the hospital for two to three days. Most babies get better quickly after surgery. Your baby will likely be able to drink only clear liquids such as an electrolyte drink at first. But feedings are often started within four hours of the procedure.
Babies may still vomit for several days after surgery. This is because of swelling of the surgical site of the pyloric muscle. The swelling often goes away within a few days.
Most babies will be able to have normal feedings by the time they leave the hospital.