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Little America, WY
A 29-year-old female asked about a female:

my daughter almost 10 months. her umbilical hernia at times becomes hard and seems to bother her. how do i know when i should take her to the er?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
You should: share this with her pediatrician and even a surgeon. An umbilical hernia in an infant is rarely a surgical problem, but if she is having pain and the hernia becomes hard, she might need surgical repair. You should do this before it becomes an emergency.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Incarcerated hernia: When a hernia becomes 'incarcerated' (strangled, trapped), immediate medical attention is necessary. Incarcerated hernias are very painful, firm, discolored (red, purple or black) and can not be reduced (pushed back in) with gentle manipulation by the hand.

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Little America, WY
A 29-year-old female asked about a female:

If my daughter's umbilical hernia becomes temporarily incarcerated and causes some discomfort should I take her in to the ER after it has released?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Depends: On what it took to reduce it. Usually an umbilical hernia will protrude but be readily pushed back in with little effort. If she had a very hard mass protruding and the hernia is small then there may be a risk for incarceration but if it has reduced (i.e. gone back in) she is safe. Most hernias have almost constant protrusion as depicted. They usually close on their own over time.

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