Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

What is an Umbilical Hernia?

Reducible swelling in Umbilical area – More common in females.
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. The hernia usually isn’t painful or dangerous, and it often closes on its own without treatment.

What are the symptoms?

An umbilical hernia can usually be seen after the umbilical cord stump falls off, within a few weeks after birth. But some children don’t get a hernia until they’re a little older.

When a child has an umbilical hernia:

You may notice a soft bulge under the skin of the belly button.
The doctor can push part of the bulge back in.
The bulge may be easier to see when your child sits or stands upright or strains stomach muscles
during normal activities such as crying, coughing, or having a bowel movement.

How is it treated?

Umbilical hernias usually close on their own before a baby is 1 year old. If a hernia has not closed by the time your child is 5 years old, your child probably will need surgery to close it. Surgery to repair the hernia usually is an outpatient procedure, which means that your child can go home the same day the surgery is done. Sometimes more surgery may be done to improve how the belly button looks.