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Doctor insights on: Hiatal Hernia In Babies

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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My infant has gerd, what is the chance that they have a hiatal hernia?

My infant has gerd, what is the chance that they have a hiatal hernia?

Unlikely: Though many children may have symptoms of reflux with episodes of vomiting, it usually is only of concern if there is associated respiratory problems or poor weight gain. The symptoms are monitored to see if they improve once advancement of diet to more solid food occurs. If significant symptoms, including respiratory complaints, evaluation would include a contrast study to exclude hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

Reflux diet: Typical foods that are known to lower the pressure in the valve between the esophagus and stomach causing more reflux are citrus, caffeine, chocolate, red sauce, an red wine/alcohol. Weight loss is more of a calorie intake issue. Hiatal hernia is no problem unless it is large. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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"on my own I have been taking 1 baby aspirin every day for almost 3 years. How do I safely cut back. I am 69, female. I really haven't had a exam in many years. I have hiatal hernia. Blood pressure normal to low.

"on my own I have been taking 1 baby aspirin every day for almost 3 years. How do I safely cut back. I am 69, female. I really haven't had a exam in many years. I have  hiatal hernia. Blood pressure normal to low.

See a doctor : The best thing to do would be to see a primary care provider. There many issues going on that you're managing yourself, and as you get older don't be afraid to have a healthcare professional take a look. Don't forget you are always still in control, but may get some really good advice that you otherwise would get. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia?

What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia be fatal?

Essentially No: Unless the hernia is so large that nearly all the stomach is in the chest and a gastric volvulous occurs (rare) needing emergency surgery. Heartburn ; reflux symptoms are usually treated medically. Elective surgery for some situations. Be sure you see a doctor for the proper testing. ...Read more

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