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My six year old daughter has got umbilical hernia which is 6 mm out of her navel. how can i treat it without surgery?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Not likely: Most umbilical hernias that are present in babies will resolve by themselves by 3 years old. Those that are still present at that age are less likely to close on their own without surgery. The surgery is very quick and effective.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
? hernia or "outie"?: If it is truly a hernia, with bowel contents pushed out between the abdominal muscles, it would require surgical correction.If she simply has some tissue pushing out, and not a hernia sac, it is not worthy of worry but is unlikely to change.Your measurements suggest this is just an "outie"not a true hernia. It would be unlike a hernia in not a potential risk, but only surgery would change it.

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