1. Vomiting: It begins as sporadic spit-ups and gradually progresses into projectile vomiting. The baby forcefully ejects the food in an arc form. It takes place either immediately after the feeding or hours later. The baby feels hungry after every vomit and doesn’t show any signs of pain initially.
2. Smaller Stools: Babies have fewer and smaller stools because very little food reaches the intestines. Babies can constipate and sometimes have poop with mucus.
3. Severe weight loss: Because very little food goes into the intestine, babies do not receive the nutrition for their growth, which makes them lose weight drastically despite being overfed.
4. Severe dehydration: Babies with pyloric stenosis can dye with dehydration as they vomit whatever they eat or drink. Sunken eyes, sunken “soft spot” on their head, wrinkled skin are the signs of dehydration in babies.
5. Waves of peristalsis: As the belly tries to empty itself against the thickened pylorus, the stomach contractions make ripples that are noticeable to the naked eye.
Symptoms of pyloric stenosis start when the baby is around three weeks old. But it can take up to five months for the symptoms to become apparent. The symptoms are similar to other conditions like gastroesophageal reflux, milk protein allergy, or gastroenteritis.
As home remedies work for these conditions, parents ignore it as a disease that can be cured at home.