San Jose, CA
A 17-year-old female asked:

My 3 month old babys belly button is popping out like a balloon and is purple. is this normal?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No..but...: Loose belly muscles help a developing baby by allowing easy blood flow thru the umbilical cord & into babies body. After birth, that loosness may allow a transient umbilical hernia that will usually disappear when the belly muscles tighten, starting after baby learns to sit.By 2yo most uh have receded. I find girls more likely to need repair than boys.I rarely refer for repair <2y.
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