Frequent question: Is it normal for babies to have hernias?

How serious is a hernia in a baby?

In many cases, hernias aren’t dangerous. As long as the hernia can move back into the abdomen, it’s usually not a problem. But if the bowel becomes stuck in the weak spot (strangulated), the problem becomes more serious. The abdominal muscle squeezes the bowel, causing swelling.

What causes baby hernias?

A hernia can develop in the first few months after a baby is born. It happens because of a weakness in the abdomen muscles. Straining and crying don’t cause hernias. But the increased pressure in the belly can make a hernia more easily seen.

Do babies need surgery for hernia?

An umbilical hernia may not need any treatment. If it does, surgery can repair it. Most of the time — in more than 90% of cases — umbilical hernias heal on their own by the time a child is three or four years old. Your healthcare provider will likely recommend waiting until that age to do surgery.

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How long do babies have hernias?

Most umbilical hernias are harmless and don’t require treatment. In children who develop an umbilical hernia before the age of 6 months, the hernia often goes away by the time the child is 3 or 4. Although complications involving umbilical hernias are rare, they can happen.

Does a baby hernia cause pain?

Symptoms of umbilical hernia include: A slight swelling or even a bulge near the belly button. The spot becomes larger and harder when the baby cries, coughs, or strains, due to the increase of pressure on the abdomen. Under normal circumstances, the hernia is not painful to the touch.

What are the symptoms of hernia in babies?

What are the symptoms of a hernia in a child?

  • A full, round belly.
  • Belly pain and soreness.
  • Vomiting.
  • Fussiness.
  • Redness or discoloration near the hernia.
  • Fever.

Can a baby girl have hernia?

The groin is the area where the abdomen meets the top part of the leg. In girls, the hernia appears as a lump extending from the groin into the upper labia (see Figure 1). This area is unique to girls. Inguinal hernias are common in infants and children.

Is it normal for a baby to have big tummy?

It’s normal for a baby’s abdomen (belly) to appear somewhat full and rounded. When your baby cries or strains, you may also note that the skin over the central area of the abdomen may protrude between the strips of muscle tissue making up the abdominal wall on either side.

Do hernias go away?

Hernias don’t go away on their own. Only surgery can repair a hernia. Many people are able to delay surgery for months or even years. And some people may never need surgery for a small hernia.

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Will baby hernia go away?

Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. But some children get or still have an umbilical hernia when they are infants or toddlers. Umbilical hernias almost always close on their own as a child grows. But sometimes surgery is needed.

How do you fix a baby hernia?

Surgery to repair the hernia is performed under general anesthesia. A small incision is made at the base of the belly button. If any intestine is present in the hernia, it is placed back into the abdominal cavity. The opening in the muscle is then repaired with multiple layers of stitches to prevent another hernia.

How do I know if my baby has inguinal hernia?

You should call an ambulance if your child has an inguinal hernia and they develop any of the following symptoms:

  1. being generally unwell.
  2. pain in the groin.
  3. nausea and vomiting.
  4. bloating or full abdomen.
  5. fever.
  6. a swelling that is red or pale blue-grey in colour and is noticeably tender.

How can I prevent my baby’s umbilical hernia?

Most umbilical hernias don’t need any treatment. Usually, the hole heals on its own by the time your child is 4 or 5 years old. Even if it doesn’t, it’ll likely get smaller. That’ll make surgery a bit easier.

Can hernia be cured without surgery?

A hernia usually does not go away without surgery. Non-surgical approaches such as wearing a corset, binder, or truss may exert gentle pressure on the hernia and keep it in place. These methods may ease the pain or discomfort and may be used if you are not fit for the surgery or awaiting surgery.

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What can be mistaken for a hernia?

(SLS). Hernias can go misdiagnosed in women, and can instead be thought to be ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other abdominal issues, according to the SLS. Women’s hernias can be small and internal. They might not be a bulge that can be felt in an exam or be visible outside the body, according to the SLS.