unbilical hernia

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one of my twins has an unbilical hernia. does anyone else's babies have one if so wat are the doctors doing to fix it????

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Carley - posted on 05/02/2009

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Depending on the severity, the doctor may opt for surgery but it is more likely they will wait to see if it will resolve on its own (they usually do before they are schoolage).

An UMbilical hernia (like umbilicus or belly button) is a small hole in the abdominal wall. If its bigger than 2 cm it is likely surgery would be recommended and it is a simple procedure where the doctor will either sew the hole shut with sutures or use sutures to stitch a small piece of mesh in to close the hole (I would recommend requesting mesh as it is better in the long run). If surgery is needed, it would likely be done within the first six weeks of life. Although it is a simple procedure, it is still surgery and requires anesthetic. If it can resolve on it's own, that is preferred.

My baby doesnt have an umbilical hernia but I am a RN in an OR.

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Emma - posted on 05/22/2009

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my baby has one the drs wont operate unless he requests it when he is older and that will be for cosmetic reasons it often rubs on his nappies and gets sore but the hernia itself is not painful xxx

Carly - posted on 05/17/2009

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they arent at all painful infact the baby wont even notice they have one. my daughter has had one from birth and the doctors dont do anything to it untill about 18 months, if it hasnt gone by then that is. but they usually go way before then. my daughters seems to be getting smaller now, shes 1O weeks, so i think by 5 months it would have gone all together (:

Geneieve - posted on 05/14/2009

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Hi,Candice
My baby boy was born March 24th and he has an umbilical hernia, his doctor said that his is small and no surgery is needed and as he grows his stomach muscles should contain everything and close which will allow his bellybutton to go in. Right now I am using a baby belly binder to hold it in which lessens the baby's discomfort. You can probably find them at the 99 cents store. Double congrats and good luck.

Loula - posted on 05/02/2009

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hello my baby also has an unbilical hernia but the doctors dont seem to worried about it. he said as long as it has gone down by the time she is two she will not require surgery.

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