umbilical hernia

Meghan - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My two month old daughter has an umbilical hernia. My first daughter had it but with second daughter it is really noticeable. The doctor said that it should go away before her first birthday and if it doesn't they will do surgery. With my husband being in the Army, we had to see a different doctor for her 2 month check-up and is now her regular peds. doctor. He said by the age of 2 that they will do something.. Has anyone with a previous child gone through this?? IF so when did it start going in? Anything would be great..

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Sonia - posted on 05/30/2013

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Hi - on the 8TH of Feb 2013 My baby grand twins were born they were premature- Tommy was born first he weighed 3 pound and Tyler was born in the sac he weighed 4 pound- they were in special care for a month they were fine then on the 22ND of April Tommy had to be taken to Chelsea Hospital he had two Hernias in his scrotum and one on his belly they were some big so they had to operate on him - he had the operation on the 24 TH of April they sent him home the following day - he died on the 26 TH of April :-( post mortem did give our Family much closure they said unexplained death.

Cassandra - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hi, my son Ethan - 4 mths, had an umbilical hernia too. It was really noticeable up until a month ago, when it just went in by itself. My Dr told me that if it is soft and you can press it in easily, without it hurting bubs, then it is fine. If it gets really hard and hurting bubs then get it checked out right away, as it may need surgery. Hope this helps.

Kelly - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old and she has an umbilical hernia and it sticks out a lot. We went to the doctor a few times to check on it and they said it should heal between 12-18 months. It doesn't seem to hurt her which is good, but it doesn't look the best. My doctor also said not to put anything on it and just let it heal on its own. Hopefully it does because we don't want her to have to go through surgery.

Carley - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter had a really bad umbilical hernia. It stuck out so much and came out even more if she would cry etc. We went to our doctor who told us under no circumstances to get it operated on because it usally fixes itself by the time they are 2. She has just turned 2 and it has gone in alot. She still has an "outtie" but it is nothing like it use to be.

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I agree with u Chrissy....I had lots of that. My daughter at 3 was very emberassed about her belly. She would tell people to quit talking about her hernia.

Chrissy - posted on 04/14/2009

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My daughter has a hernia, my dr doesnt seem concerned and said we should wait till she's a year and see how its doing.  The only thing I don't like is people asking me whats wrong with her and what needs to be done.

Chrissy - posted on 04/14/2009

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My daughter has a hernia, my dr doesnt seem concerned and said we should wait till she's a year and see how its doing.  The only thing I don't like is people asking me whats wrong with her and what needs to be done.

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I guess I should have added....MY daughter had troubles with hers...she had alot of pain with it cause her bowel would come out the hole and get stuck and cause her pain. Just to be aware of that. Most are not a problem but some are.

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I just got the sugery done on my daughter a year ago.... She was 3 almost 4 when she had it done. As for sugeries and when depends on the dr. I went to a dr when my daughter was 1 and the hernia had not gone away and they told me they will not do anything till she is 5.... Then we moved and I got a new dr. The specialist for my new dr was very upset she had not gotten it repaired yet. SO my daughter was almost 4 when she got her's repaired and she woke up after surgery and was bouncing ready to go. You would have never known she went in and had a surgery!

Amber - posted on 04/10/2009

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My son had this as well, but his has already gone away on its own.  I wouldn't worry about it it does not hurt them. 

Dena - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son has one.  He's 3 months now and it's already getting better.  They told me it may take up to 3 years!  It doesn't seem to bother him.  He's now got only a partial outie! 

Carissa - posted on 04/07/2009

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My son has one.  The pediatrician isn't concerned and the nurse she has seen almost all cases go away on their own.  They recommended baby sit ups to help close up the abs.  Lay the baby flat and wait until they hold their arms stiff in a bent position and pull the baby up to sitting.  Don't do it if your baby isn't flexing their arm muscles.  If the arms are fully extended, you could pull the arm out of socket.  

Melanie - posted on 04/07/2009

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My son had it bad. It did go away, much sooner than one year but he's still an "outie" at 2 years old.

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