Umbilical Hernia

When Nathan’s belly button fell off I was so happy that it fell off clean, but when the little lump where the stump used to be didn’t go down, I started to get worried. So I did a little research and realized that Nathan has an umbilical hernias which are common in newborns and infants younger than 6 months. They occur when part of the intestines bulge through the abdominal wall next to the belly button. In babies with umbilical hernias, you may see bulging around the belly button area when the baby cries. With Nathan, when I push his belly button in, it goes flat but when he’s pressuring to dirty his diaper or to cry it comes out again. Unlike other types of hernias, umbilical hernias may heal on their own, usually by the time a baby is 1 year old. If not, surgery can repair the hernia.

Has anyone else had to deal with umbilical hernias with infants? I really hope his goes in naturally on its own. Surgery on a baby is something I want to avoid at all costs.


One Response

  1. Ryan’s belly button is the same as Nate the cord fell off after Day 4 and it sometimes bulges. Hannah had the samething and by the time she was crawling (around 6 months) it had gone. What does your paeditrician say about it?

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