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Daughter has a hernia on her navel. What age do we fix it?

Daughter has a hernia on her navel. What age do we fix it?

Five: Wait until at least age five. Umbilical hernias in infancy will often resolve spontaneously and not need surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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A 17 yr old boy has what appears to be a hernia on his right side of his pubic bone. How can we know for sure?

A 17 yr old boy has what appears to be a hernia on his right side of his pubic bone. How can we know for sure?

Physician exam!: Any new bulge in the groin of a 17yo boy should be evaluated by a physician. Hernia is but one possibility, and a hernia can develop complications such as incarceration. Others can include swollen lymph node, hydrocele, undescended testicle, or tumor. This is not for on-line diagnosis--see your doctor. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 months old and doctor tell that he has umbilical hernia. So I want to ask that, can this heal itself?

My baby is 3 months old and doctor tell that he has umbilical hernia. So I want to ask that, can this heal itself?

Yes: Umbilical hernias are common in newborns and usually close by age 2. Nothing to worry about unless it seems to be painful for him, or he has a hard lump at the umbilicus. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter said she had an owee on her potty. When i looked it seems as if her vagina opening is adhesing to itself, what is happening?

My 3 year old daughter said she had an owee on her potty. When i looked it seems as if her vagina opening is adhesing to itself, what is happening?

Labial knitting: The labia minora can stick together like pages of a wet book. This may be due to local irritation from soaps. This knitting is loose initially & can be separated during bathing but may need teasing open with a wet q-tip or one coated with vasaline.It can knit more, closing like a zipper , bottom/up & cover the pee hole & cause pbms.See the doc if you can't tease it open.Topical meds may be needed. ...Read more

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My 2 years old son is complaining that his belly button area hurts what might that be and should I bring consir?

My 2 years old son is complaining that his belly button area hurts what might that be and should I bring consir?

Hernia: If at age two he tells you his belly button hurts and he has an "outie" then he has a symptomatic umbilical hernia. It will not close further. A simple out patient operation by pediatric surgeon will take care it for good. ...Read more

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My son is 5 years he been complaining about belly button pain but this time he has a fever what can this be ? Thank you

My son is 5 years he been complaining about belly button pain but this time he has a fever what can this be ?  Thank you

Need more details: Belly button pain sounds like a chronic thing . Fever may not have anything to do with the belly button pain. He may have a viral illness.Best to get him seen by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 4year old son has a difficult time urinating, he has to force it out sometimes i plan on setting him a doctors app. But is there anything i can do?

My 4year old son has a difficult time urinating, he has to force it out sometimes i plan on setting him a doctors app. But is there anything i can do?

Urinary Issues: First: make sure he is drinking well. When bladder is full, the urge comes. Second: make sure he is not constipated. If there is hard stool sitting in rectum or lower colon, dysfunctional voiding happens. Third: anatomic abnormality of urethral opening, called posterior urethral valve can cause difficult urination, urine stream becomes narrow, jet like, child has to force to pee. Talk to his doc. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter said she had an owee on her potty. When i looked it seems as if her vagina opening is adhesing to itself, what is happening ?

My 3 year old daughter said she had an owee on her potty. When i looked it seems as if her vagina opening is adhesing to itself, what is happening ?

Labial knitting: The labia minora can stick together like pages of a wet book. This may be due to local irritation from soaps. This knitting is loose initially & can be separated during bathing but may need teasing open with a wet q-tip or one coated with vasaline.It can knit more, closing like a zipper , bottom/up & cover the pee hole & cause pbms.See the doc if you can't tease it open.Topical meds may be needed. ...Read more

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My daughter has lump on leg don't know what to do this my first child?

My daughter has lump on leg don't know what to do this my first child?

Lump in leg: Have a doctor evaluate the lump and confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son scotrum seems empty and appear to be on the groin area near his willy, he says it doesn,t hurt. Is this normal or should I worry??

My 8 year old son scotrum seems empty and appear to be on the groin area near his willy, he says it doesn,t hurt. Is this normal or should I worry??

Testicle down?: His scrotum should not be empty. Please have a doctor examine him to assure his testicle is where it should be, in the scrotal sac. ...Read more

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My dad claims to have pain on his leg in this lump(he was born with it so it's like a birth mark) what could it be? And how does he stop the pain?

My dad claims to have pain on his leg in this lump(he was born with it so it's like a birth mark) what could it be? And how does he stop the pain?

Lump: If it is a lump, an US may help to make a diagnosis and help with the management. It is difficult to recommend exact treatment without knowing what it may be. ...Read more

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My 6 week old has an umbilical hernia that gets bigger than his fist when he cries & strains. His Dr says its ok. How do I know if surgery is needed?

My 6 week old has an umbilical hernia that gets bigger than his fist when he cries & strains. His Dr says its ok. How do I know if surgery is needed?

Usually not needed: Umbilical hernias usually do not require surgery - is correct. We usually wait till about 2 years of age & if not going away by then we do consider it mainly for cosmetic reasons and esp if large. If the hernia cannot be put back in ( reduced) or if baby cries incessantly and cries more if hernia is touched, or the skin over it becomes read and swollen - even turns colors , visit ER. ...Read more

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My Daughter as a Patellar Malalignment of the knee Dr whats to do surgery he said nothing else can fix this issue my daughter is 21 yrs old what to do?

My Daughter as a Patellar Malalignment of the knee Dr whats to do surgery he said nothing else can fix this issue my daughter is 21 yrs old what to do?

Patella alignment.: Most of the time ,consistent strengthening of a the,quadriceps, patellar bracing and or tapping, small adjustments in shoe wear , avoidance of stairs ,kneeling, squatting,running, jumping will improve things with the knee cap. Surgery is many times a choice when one desires to return to full activities. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has quite a large clitoris. It kind ok pokes out when we do a diaper change. Should i take her dr and have her checked out?

My 2 yr old has quite a large clitoris. It kind ok pokes out when we do a diaper change. Should i take her dr and have her checked out?

YES....,: Let her have an exam. Depending on the exam, the doctor may order some hormone study. Make sure your daughter is not being exposed to exogenous hormones, e.g. Hormone cream of family members. ...Read more

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My son was born with a birthmark on his belly. Since march it has grown 4 mole-like dots on it. Should i take him to a doctor?

My son was born with a birthmark on his belly. Since march it has grown 4 mole-like dots on it. Should i take him to a doctor?

Better safe ...: Given that you have noted a change that is not temporary, i would have it checked by his doctor. They can help you decide whether to wait or to get a specialty opinion from a dermatologist. ...Read more