Umbilical hernia in infants is a common problem in newborns and is easy to treat. In this article, we answered all the questions about the protrusion of the belly button and hernia treatment in babies!
What causes umbilical hernia in babies?
While the baby is still in the womb , the umbilical cord is attached to the navel. There is a gap between the muscles in this region to make room for the umbilical cord and the vessels on it. Normally, this opening closes just before birth and does not cause any problems.
However, sometimes, due to the weakness of these muscles, the opening does not close, and intestinal or adipose tissue comes out from this area. As a result, an umbilical hernia occurs. This is why sometimes the belly button protrudes in babies .
What are the symptoms of umbilical hernia in babies?
In babies, umbilical protrusion may bring to mind the suspicion of hernia. Of course, your doctor will make the most accurate diagnosis. Let’s tell you how to understand umbilical hernia in babies .
- Soft lump around the belly button, swelling,
- This swelling is not normally seen; occur in situations such as crying, straining, coughing,
- The displacement or penetration of the swelling when pressed on are the symptoms of an umbilical hernia.
Does umbilical hernia cause pain in babies?
You may be worried when you see a lump in your baby’s navel. But you should know, unlike many types of umbilical hernia, it does not cause a big medical problem. It does not cause any pain to the baby.
How is an umbilical hernia in babies?
“ What should be done for umbilical hernia in babies? If you’re wondering, first of all, you should know this. Umbilical hernia seen in a newborn baby actually has a different feature. The opening, which should be closed before birth, can be closed until the baby is 1 year old. In other words, the possibility of umbilical hernia problem in infants to resolve on its own within 1 year is quite high.
However, if the hernia has not healed when the baby is 3 years old, treatment should be started. Because there is a possibility of hernia suffocation by squeezing. Although it is rare to strangle an umbilical hernia in babies, the possibility is always present, so you should not risk it.
If your baby has an umbilical hernia;
- If it doesn’t go in when pressed by hand,
- If it suddenly grew quickly,
Treatment of umbilical hernia in infants is done by surgical intervention. For this reason, we recommend that you have an early surgery if the doctor recommends it, so that you do not have problems in later years.
Umbilical hernia surgery in babies is quite risk-free and simple. Most of the time, there is no need for hospitalization after the operation, the baby can be discharged immediately. If you pay attention to the dressings after the umbilical hernia surgery and keep the area clean, there will be no problems.
Using products such as baby umbilical hernia band and corset makes the operation more difficult instead of curing the hernia. Therefore, wrapping or compressing is not the right method.
By the way , there is a very wrong method among the public , such as tying money to the umbilical hernia in babies . It is not beneficial in any way, and it is a very wrong practice to contact a metal substance that contains many microbes with the baby’s body.