A 5 month old with gallstones

Andrea - posted on 02/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 5 month old was just diagnosed with gallstones. I have never heard of it in an infant and was wondering if there are other moms dealing with it as well.


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Sabitha - posted on 05/05/2014




Hi , My baby is now almost 2 years..She has got the gallstones when she was 8 months and doctors found it through first scanning when she got infection with vomiting. Doctors told she might have gotten from this infection.Till that day she never got a cough atleast.We were at the hospital for one week.The second scanning found that no stones are there in gallbladder..now everything passed on to the tube...then 4th day scanning found almost everything passed out through motion...only 2 or 3 are remaining...now she is perfectly alright...but we are afraid whether she has it now or not...we will do the scanning when she is 2..

Andrea - posted on 02/15/2009




Thank you guys! We went to a GI doctor and he sentus to get an abdominal ultrasound to check on my son's spleen and found the stones in the process. We were referred to a pediatric surgeon and he just wants to wait and see. My son isn't in pain all the time. He has days where they must hurt because he screams a lot...not just nomal crying. He is eating now (which he wasn't before-that's why we were sent to see the GI Dr.). Our surgeon is amazing and I trust his opinion but he is not good at giving me info. He always just tells the next step. Anyway, I have been hoping to find someone in a similar situation to get some more info.

Kate CP - posted on 02/14/2009




Wow! 5 months?! I had them when I was 24 (about 3 months after I had my daughter) and even then the doctors were a little baffled. Usually you have to have the three Fs: female, fat, and forty. I can tell you they are extremely painful-worse than child birth for me and I didn't have any drugs. Stay away from high fat foods, keep up with the fiber, and lots of fluids. Fatty foods usually trigger what's called an "attack". In a 5 month old I don't know if they would want to do surgery. A lot of times the stones can be controlled with diet and medication. I had mine taken out because a stone had lodged itself in my bile duct and it was getting infected. I would do what Isa recommended and get a second opinion from a specialist.

Siouxxsie - posted on 02/14/2009




Goodness! No, I have not had to ever deal with this before and hopefully will never have too. It would be interesting to see and or hear what a second opinion might tell you. Did an actual specialist diagnose this or was it your family doctor/pediatrician? I couldn't imagine a 5 month old having gallstones. I will keep my eyes posted on the web for any information I might come acrossed and I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Isa (Betsy) - posted on 02/14/2009




This one is new to me. Since nobody replied, I thought I would try to give you something to read. I hope that you are at a Children's Hospital. Get a second a opinion.

I wish I had more to add, but we had a small hole in our son's heart when he was born. Gallstones is one I have not heard of yet.

I wish you luck! Sweet pic, btw!

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