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can a swollen belly be a sign of a dangerous condition?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: If your baby's belly appears larger than normal, they should be examined right away. If they are fussy, the swelling could be a sign of infection or blockage. If not fussy, it could be due to a growth or mass. It could also be due to a less serious but more common condition such as constipation or gas.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Babies belly muscles are loose to let the blood flow easily thru the belly button before birth. They will gradually firm with age but a saggy belly that can hold lots of air is the rule early. During breathing or crying, the diaphram which pulls down, pushing the belly out & it gets hard as a result. A hard belly in a resting baby or a baby that is inconsolable may have an abdominal problem.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Yes, : Mainly if there is fluid (ascites) in youe abdominal cavity. Similarly, during large bowel obstruction the abdomen can get bigger. This however is an acute happening event usually. You need to see a dr. To sort things out...

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