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Umbilical Hernia

more about Umbilical Hernia

  • Umbilical Hernias are caused by the failure of abdominal connective tissue to close completely during development.
  • Umbilical Hernias are more common in certain racial groups (such as African-Americans) and in premature infants.

  • Outpouching of the skin around the belly button, especially when crying
  • The Hernia is easily compressed back into the stomach; if this is not the case, the Hernia may be incarcerated (see below) and a doctor should examine the baby immediately.

  • Usually made by physical examination
  • Ultrasound can confirm diagnosis, if necessary.

  • Most umbilical Hernias resolve by 4 years of age.  If an umbilical Hernia fails to close by then, surgery is necessary to repair the defect.
  • Use of bandages or belts to "push in" the Hernia will not make it resolve more quickly.

  • If a portion of the baby's small intestine becomes trapped inside the Hernia, it can become incarcerated (trapped in the muscle layer, creating a situation essembly like a bowel obstruction).  Although rare, this is a serious problem that must be fixed immediately.
  • Babies with an incarcerated Hernia will be very uncomfortable and cry loudly; they usually will not calm down when held by their parents.  The Hernia will be pushed out, feel hard, and be difficult to press back into the abdomen.
  • A baby with these symptoms should be taken to the doctor's office or an emergency room immediately.

  • If you suspect that your baby has incarcerated Hernia, take him/her immediately to the emergency room or doctor's office for emergency treatment!

  • Because this is a congenital problem, prevention is not possible.

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