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A 35-year-old female asked:

My 6 week old baby's belly button sticks out and swollen. when i gently push it in, it sounds and feels like it has fluid in it? is this normal. thanx

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes it is normal: Your infant has an umbilical hernia. Most of these close or go away by one year of age and leave a normal looking belly button.
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Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 24 years experience
?hernia: It might be an umbilical hernia, which is not uncommon. However, it cannot be diagnosed without a physical exam, so i would mention it to your pediatrician at your next visit. He or she needs to feel the belly button, determine if it is a hernia, and if so find out what size it is. Small ones can close on their own, larger ones sometimes need help.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Follow up suggested: If it is not large and easily reduced by pushing on it, it will most likely close with time.
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Last updated Mar 22, 2020

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