Baby Hernia

I took Keira for her two month check up and found out that she has hernia in her belly button.
The doctor told me that about 25 percent of all newborns have an "outie", also called an umbilical hernia. She said that sometimes when the umbilical cord heals and falls off, the opening to the abdomen usually closes right away. Sometimes the opening doesn't close, and this causes an “outie” belly button. Hernia usually causes no problems, as long as the baby is comfortable and the area is not tender or extremely swollen. These hernias usually go away by 12 to 18 months, and surgery to close the hole is rarely necessary.

She said to contact her right away if I noticed any swelling, tenderness, or discoloration around the area.

I researched and found that a piece of the baby's intestine can get caught in the opening which can cut off blood flow to the area and require immediate surgery. Watch for vomiting and constipation because these could be symptoms of this problem.

I also found that it may be genetic. This could be true in my case because I had hernia surgery when I was 6 months old

1 comment:

  1. I can tell you is that umbilical hernias are very common. My son, my niece & one of my cousins babies (who is still a baby) all had it & each one has healed itself without any problems. You would never know that my son or my niece ever had it...their "buttons" are as normal as can be now! Personally, I would tell you not to un-necessarily worry yourself until its warranted which probably will never be the case! Best wishes...