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Remedies For Protruding Belly Button
No problem: It sounds like your baby has an umbilical (belly button) hernia, but your baby's doctor can tell you for sure. 90+% of the time, these resolve on there own by about 4 years old; in fact, using tape, belly bands, or quarters on them seems to decrease the likelihood of it resolving. If it's still there at 4 years old, a surgeon can do a simple procedure to sew it shut. ...Read more
Hernia: This is an umbilical hernia, or a weakness in the abdominal wall that allows things on the inside to protrude to the outside such as fat and intestine. If you are having trouble with it, it should be surgically repaired. This can be done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis with minimal risk of complications. ...Read more
Umbilical hernia: Not a problem provided the protruding belly button can easily be pushed in when he is lying down. You can feel an "gap", with your finger, in the abdominal wall fascia deep to belly button. This should close in time, by age 2 - 3-years in caucasian children and up to 5-years in african or aa children. You can also tell if the gap is getting smaller with time. Need 2B reparired if it enlarges. ...Read more
Is there special; way to push a hard protruding belly button harnia back in. Iits been 3 days now no luck?
Usually none.: It sounds like your baby has an umbilical (belly button) hernia, but your baby's doctor can tell you for sure. 90+% of the time, these resolve on there own by about 4 years old; in fact, using tape, belly bands, or quarters on them seems to decrease the likelihood of it resolving. If it's still there at 4 years old, a surgeon can do a simple procedure to sew it shut. ...Read more
Yes: A hernia near the belly button causes a lump in the area that comes and goes, worse when standing or pushing out with the abdominal muscles. Usually goes away or at least a lot smaller when lying down. The treatment is surgical repair if it is causing symptoms. If the hernia becomes stuck out and won't go back inside it is an emergency and you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more
My 18 month old woke up with a protruding belly button after a night of fever. Possible reasons why?
Untreated hernia: Possibilities if left untreated are enlarging bulge, pain, discomfort and/or pressure. Rarely, whatever abdominal contents are coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia), can become stuck, and turn in to gangrene. Many factors weigh in to decision to repair or watch. See a general surgeon for more info. Those interested in hernia can be found at Americas Hernia Society website. ...Read more
Yes: Yes it is. It may improve after delivery. See a surgeon after delivery. ...Read more
What are some options for removing a piece of skin sticking out of belly button in adults, presumably since childhood?
I had my appendix out almost 2yrs ago & I've got something hard sticking out of my belly button that hurts most the time what should I do?
Hernia likely: If you had a laparoscopic appendectomy (surgery via a small telescope), there will be a scar from an incision near the belly button. If this wound did not heal properly a hernia could have developed, this wound be a lump under the incision that is tender, may come and go, usually resolves when lying down, may enlarge in size. There could also be inflammation in the area which could cause a lump. ...Read more
My two month old son has belly button that is sticking out farther than it should and when you press it makes a weird sound? What do you think this could be he acts like he hurts some times
Normal variation: The blood needs to flow without obstruction from the placenta back through the babies loose abdominal muscles to the main blood vessels that take it through the heart. This looseness will gradually tighten over the first year of life as the kid starts doing kid crunches (rolling over, sitting).A fraction have an umbilical hernia with occasional intestinal contents (makes noise). Most self correct. ...Read more
Is it possible to have an umbilical hernia without the belly button sticking out or it being visible at all?
Yes possible: Small hernias especially obese abdomen, small hernial defects may not be visible as protrusion. If you are suspecious that you have one go to your doctor for clinical examination ...Read more
Sharp pain below belly button shooting down to groin area just started this morning. Hurts when pushed on. No other symptoms. Causes and Treatment?
My hair has become very thin and when I eat I get a painful lump sticking out above my belly button.?
My belly button is red and sore. It also seems to be a little wet with discharge. What should I do to remedy it?
Had gallbladder removed 6 wks ago. Having pain near belly button but nothing sticking out like hernia. I do lots of crunches and work out. Help.?
Laparoscopic cholecy: Stectomy is performed thru the belly button. Let the surgeon know that you may have a post-op problem. ...Read more
Where do pregnant women first see their stomach growing? Right below my belly button seems to be sticking out. I haven't had sex since september w/con
Yes: Mentally imagine the connection, an empty uterus sits in the pelvis. One with a fetus in it grows from there. Usually bulge up to belly button by 20 weeks. Should be setting yourself up with good prenatal care, prenatal vitamin, and obstetrician. ...Read more
I have diastasis recti, my belly button is now sticking out, is this ok, it is slightly sore to touch, is it my diastasis recti spreading?
Hernia...: Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal wall muscles above the belly button which causes a lump when intrabdominal pressure increases as when doing a sit-up. Protrusion of the belly button suggests a different problem - most likely a hernia. I suggest you see your physician for an exam. Good luck! ...Read more
I felt my dads stomach and it felt like a pregnant woman's. His belly button is sticking out. He has a hernia. It hurts for him to sit up. Is that ok?
Not at all okay...: What you've described is quite concerning. While your dad's umbilical hernia may be the predominant issue here, the possibility is very real for significant pathology--like an infected fluid collection (ascites), intestinal obstruction/incarceration/ischemia, tumor, organomegaly, etc. Please ask him to get evaluated and treated ASAP. ...Read more
Why isn't my strep belly button infection responding to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds treatment?
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Are piercings while having radiation therapy ok? I have my tungue & belly button pierced. I haven't started treatment yet. Perotid gland cancer.
Parotid: Since the parotid gland is in the facial area I would not have your tongue pierced, as recently wounded tissue so near a radiation field may be affected. However a radiation oncologist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more
Ingrown hair near belly button on stomach (2 weeks old), my treatment, hot compresses, drained, now have ~3cm hard cyst, less redness, no infection?
You may have more drainage which has stopped prematurely! Ask your Primary Care Provider to check this out!
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Hi akash (M), age 21.I have pain just 4 or 5 inches above navel (belly button) from last 1 week. Give me reason n tips or home remedies to cure it?
You need proper eval: I whish I could just tell you what to take for your pain. But abdominal pain (belly pain) always requires physical examination and sometimes other testing by a healthcare provider in order to come up with a diagnosis. As a rule of thumb, any pain that doesn't subside within 48 hours or gets increasingly worse needs immediate medical assistance. ...Read more
I have bruise around a belly button piercing that hasn't gone away after two years. Are there any remedies for this?
Take out the:
Piercing. The foreign body in your skin may be causing irritation. You could be allergic to the metal in the contraption. Take it out and let the wound heal.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
My belly button is very red and very sore, sometimes a little bloody. What is it, and what are some home remedies I could do?
Belly button: This is a localized irritation or infection of the skin in and around the belly button. Wash inside well and then wash with hydrogen peroxide. Then put a neosporin or bacitracin ointment in there for a few days. It should be fine. ...Read more
Impaction?: People with deep 'innies' may slowly build up shedded old skin cells, bacteria and other 'lint' in the belly button (umbilicus), and it may become an impacted infected mass of material, that causes pain near the area, or foul odor, or abscess. That is one possibility. Of course, a careful physical exam should reveal the problem. ...Read more
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