Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. But some children get or still have an umbilical hernia when they are infants or toddlers.
Why do babies get umbilical hernias?
An umbilical hernia happens when intestine, fat, or fluid pushes through a weak spot or hole in your baby’s stomach muscles. This causes a bulge near or in the belly button, or navel. It may look like your child’s belly button is swollen. Many children have an umbilical hernia at birth.
How is a hernia treated in babies?
During surgery for a hernia, your child will be given medicine to put them to sleep (anesthesia). The surgeon makes a small cut (incision) in the area of the hernia. The surgeon puts the loop of intestine back into the abdominal area. They stitch the muscles together.
Do baby hernias go away?
It may get smaller or go away when your baby relaxes. If your child’s healthcare provider pushes gently on this lump when the child is calm and lying down, it will often get smaller. Or it may go back into the belly. In some cases, the hernia can’t be pushed back into the belly.
When should I be concerned about my baby hernia?
If a child who has an umbilical hernia has the following symptoms, seek emergency care right away: pain in the area of the hernia; tenderness, swelling or discoloration of the hernia; an inability to easily push in the hernia tissue; and vomiting or constipation.
Should you push an umbilical hernia back in?
Kids sometimes need emergency surgery if the intestine is not reducible. This means it is stuck in the muscle wall, which can damage the intestines. At home, you can push the hernia back in, but don’t put tape or anything else on the hernia to hold it in.
How do you push an umbilical hernia back in?
Gently push the hernia back into your abdomen. This may be easiest while lying down. If you cannot push the hernia back into your abdomen, it may have become trapped in the abdominal wall.
What happens if a baby has a hernia?
In many cases, hernias aren’t dangerous. As long as the hernia can move back into the abdomen, it’s usually not a problem. But if the bowel becomes stuck in the weak spot (strangulated), the problem becomes more serious. The abdominal muscle squeezes the bowel, causing swelling.
How serious is a hernia in a baby?
Although girls don’t have testicles, they do have an inguinal canal and can get hernias, too. About 3-5% of healthy, full-term babies are born with an inguinal hernia. In premature infants, the incidence is substantially increased―up to 30%! If an inguinal hernia is not treated, it can cause serious problems.
How do you get rid of a baby’s belly button hernia?
If necessary, umbilical hernias can be treated with surgery to push the bulge back into place and strengthen the weakness in the abdominal wall. This operation may be recommended for your child if the hernia is large or hasn’t disappeared by the time they reach 3 or 4 years old.
Are hernias painful for babies?
Symptoms of umbilical hernia include: A slight swelling or even a bulge near the belly button. The spot becomes larger and harder when the baby cries, coughs, or strains, due to the increase of pressure on the abdomen. Under normal circumstances, the hernia is not painful to the touch.
How do you fix a baby umbilical hernia without surgery?
In babies and young children, most umbilical hernias close without surgery. But larger umbilical hernias or those that become strangulated will require surgery. In adults, surgery is elective and recommended. There are no home treatments to “fix” an umbilical hernia without surgery.
How do I stop my baby’s belly button from sticking out?
Caring for an infant’s outie belly button
- give your baby sponge baths instead of submersing them in a tub.
- don’t cover the belly button with their diaper.
- use mild soap and water.
How can you fix a hernia without surgery?
A hernia usually does not go away without surgery. Non-surgical approaches such as wearing a corset, binder, or truss may exert gentle pressure on the hernia and keep it in place. These methods may ease the pain or discomfort and may be used if you are not fit for the surgery or awaiting surgery.
What can be mistaken for a hernia?
Hernias can go misdiagnosed in women, and can instead be thought to be ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other abdominal issues, according to the SLS. Women’s hernias can be small and internal. They might not be a bulge that can be felt in an exam or be visible outside the body, according to the SLS.
When should I worry about the umbilical cord?
Signs of a problem
Much like a scab, the cord stump might bleed a little when it falls off. However, contact your baby’s doctor if the umbilical area oozes pus, the surrounding skin becomes red and swollen, or the area develops a pink moist bump. These could be signs of an umbilical cord infection.