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Doctor insights on: Umbilical Hernias In Babies

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Why there is umbilical hernia in baby with congenital hypothyroidism?

Why there is umbilical hernia in baby with congenital hypothyroidism?

Floppy muscles: Of abdominal wall can cause such, but other babies not having congenital hypothyroidism do have umbilical hernias too. Just observe, will get better with time and growing, seldom needs surgery, good luck ...Read more

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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Will arnica help heal an infant with a umbilical hernia?

Will arnica help heal an infant with a umbilical hernia?

No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the baby is in the 90 or 10 percent group, but time will tell. This is the only clinical scenario known where a hernia can heal without a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Can you use arnica to help heal a infant with an umbilical hernia?

Can you use arnica to help heal a infant with an umbilical hernia?

No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the baby is in the 90 or 10 percent group, but time will tell. This is the only clinical scenario known where a hernia can heal without a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

No: Umbilical hernias are unlikely to cause a problem in infancy. Usually they go away without treatment by age 3. You should not keep trying to push it in. ...Read more

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Hii I have an umbilical hernia n thinking of having another baby should I do the surgery before?

Hii I have an umbilical hernia n thinking of having another baby should I do the surgery before?

If you are having: No symptoms now, it is probably better to wait until you are finished with all your babies, because it could recur with another pregnancy. If you are not planning it right away, you should not wait too long before you have repair. ...Read more

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Baby umbilical hernia swollen, will this give any problem and any pain to baby due to swollen? And will this stay swollen even when my baby grow up.

Baby umbilical hernia swollen, will this give any problem and any pain to baby due to swollen? And will this stay swollen even when my baby grow up.

It depends.: Hernias in infants are not uncommon, and often close on their own. Your pediatrician should evaluate it as the baby grows to see if it is still present. If it persists, the hernia will need to be repaired eventually. However, if the hernia becomes hard, red, or very tender to the touch, it needs to be evaluated immediately in the emergency room to make sure it is not incarcerated. ...Read more

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My baby's umbilical hernia started getting smaller but has now been unchanged for about 12 mo. Is there anything I can do to help it close?

My baby's umbilical hernia started getting smaller but has now been unchanged for about 12 mo. Is there anything I can do to help it close?

Time: Most belly button hernias should be given two years to spontaneously close. After that a surgical closure should be considered. ...Read more

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Can umbilical hernia still resolve on its own in 6 years old without surgical repair? The hernia looks normal color, but the child complains ab pain.

Can umbilical hernia still resolve on its own in 6 years old without surgical repair? The hernia looks normal color, but the child complains ab pain.

Usually not: Usually if it will resolve on its own it is by about age 4. These are really small and simple operations. If it is causing pain just get it fixed. Very low risk and simple little procedure. Your child will be much better off. ...Read more

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9wk baby has an umbilical hernia that's growing, its around 2cm in diameter when he isn't straining and turns blue when he cries. Will he need surgery?

9wk baby has an umbilical hernia that's growing, its around 2cm in diameter when he isn't straining and turns blue when he cries. Will he need surgery?

Agree... possible: Your former answer says it all. Monitor the hernia and follow-up with your pediatrician regularly. One thing to remember is to check the hernia if your child becomes inconsolable. Though rare, the bowels can become "stuck" in the hernia. Again, this is rare but serious so remember to check the hernia if your child is inconsolable. ...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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I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

Should be fine: It will almost certainly be fine. I have seen women get pregnant after mesh ventral and umbilical hernia repair with a couple different techniques and mesh and they were fine. Both mother and baby. You will want to get the operative report and discuss with your OB however in the event you need a c-section. A smaller mesh done with the open technique may be bwtter for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it advisable to attempt to have another baby after umbilical mesh hernia repair. Also have prolapsed bowel which needs to be surgically repaired.

Is it advisable to attempt to have another baby after umbilical mesh hernia repair. Also have prolapsed bowel which needs to be surgically repaired.

Ask your surgeon...: There would be no definite answer to your current dilemma. To gain more realistic assessment of your post-mesh umbilical hernia repair and existing prolapsed bowel, your surgeon should possess more about your individual conditions than anyone online so s/he is the best one to balance medical necessity & professional possibilities. Ultimately, you are the one to decide depending upon how desperate. ...Read more

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My baby has an umbilical hernia and her belly looks swollen and she passed red stool should I be concerned what does this mean?

My baby has an umbilical hernia and her belly looks swollen and she passed red stool should I be concerned what does this mean?

May not be related: Take the baby to the pediatrician, to find the cause of ' red stool ', moderate size umbilical hernias will disappear by the age of 2 yr old and pediatrician will advise when to do surgery, follow the advise. ...Read more

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I had an umbilical hernia repair with mesh done 4 years ago is it safe for me to have a baby and will the mesh cause any tearing of my tummy.

I had an umbilical hernia repair with mesh done 4 years ago is it safe for me to have a baby and will the mesh cause any tearing of my tummy.

May be: It is hard to determined what will happen most likely the hernia might come back depend on the size of the screen they use and if you had your surgery open or laparoscopic you have good chance you will be ok but again is unpredictable good luck ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face.?

What do you suggest if my child had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face.?

Unknown: Unexlained swelling of lips and face suggests an allergic reaction, and should be seen right away by your pediatrician or an emergency room. Whether or not it has anything to do with the hernia repair would depend on when it was done. There are no known true allergies to synthetic mesh products, as they do not invoke an immune response. They can have problems though, so call the surgeon as well. ...Read more

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My child smells like poop even though she isn't poopy. She has umbilical hernia and heart murmurs?

My child smells like poop even though she isn't poopy. She has umbilical hernia and heart murmurs?

Hygiene, see doctor: Make sure you are cleaning her well- into the folds of her genital area and other folds of her body (germs can get trapped in those areas and create odors). If she is bathing regularly, but you still feel she has an unpleasant odor, check with her doctor. She may have an infection of urine or stool. ...Read more

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16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

See a surgeon: Most umbilical hernia in infancy resolve spontanously. Meaning the baby outgrows the condition. But if it is causing pain then you must take your baby to see a pediatric general surgeon to evaluate if the condition is a surgical case and should be repaired. And if your baby has been fine until now and all of a sudden gets fussy when the hernia is touched, more urgent to get seen. ...Read more

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My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia (quite large), has put on several lbs. In the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious

My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia (quite large), has put on several lbs. In the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious

Possibly: The weight gain may have thinned the skin and allowed it to become irritated more easily as well as put more pressure on it from the hernia. Need to see a surgeon now for evaluation and to prevent infection or involvement of the hernia itself. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia belts?

Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not impossible area to support in this manner; if anywhere, belts are better for inguinal (groin) hernias. Not all umbilical hernias require surgery; but, if your symptoms are severe enough to consider a belt, you may want to see a hernia surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

Surgery?: The only way to "fix" an umbilical hernia, like all hernias, is through surgery. However, the question is whether it needs to be fixed or is just cosmetic. Hernias can cause problems when a part of the bowel gets caught in it and can get "strangled" or have the blood supply compromised, whether this is likely to happen depends on lots of factors. See your doctor to discuss your hernia to decide. ...Read more

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Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Hernia activity: Activities with a hernia should be limited by discomfort. If you experience pain at the site of a hernia, it would be prudent to discontinue whatever activity you are doing. ...Read more

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Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

Unlikely: Umbilical hernias come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can cause a variety of problems. While in theory it is possible to due from an untreated hernia that becomes acutely incarcerated and strangulated, it is very uncommon. Best to see you primary care provider, and consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What should I do about umbilical hernia?

May need surgery: If the hernia is getting bigger, is causing pain, or contains intestines (a surgeon could determine this), then you should see a general surgeon to have it repaired. If the hernia is not causing you discomfort, then you may not need surgery. It is a good idea to have a general surgeon look at it and discuss open (single larger incision) or laparoscopic (multiple smaller incisions) repair. ...Read more

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What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The classic examples are preganant women and obese people. Lack of exercise and abdominal wall atrophy is another cause. Previous incisions around the umbilicus can result in umbilical hernias as well. ...Read more

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Can I do pull ups with umbilical hernia.

Can I do pull ups with umbilical hernia.

As tolerated: Activity with an umbilical hernia should be as tolerated by pain and discomfort. If it gets larger, or causes pain, should be ale validated by a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

Depends on Size: Umbilical hernias are quite common and do not always require surgery. In general. I recommend repair if the hernia is causing pain or has reached a size where intestine can "incarcerate", or get stuck, in the hernia. ...Read more