Herniated Belly Button

Tina - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else’s baby have a herniated belly button? Does anyone know of any home remedies to help it, alleviate it, etc? When he was in the hospital, NICU Unit and first came home he was fine and now his belly button is herniated. I’m just so scared because of the size of it. My doctor told me it’s just fine and the hole will heal itself in time and the belly button will go back to normal. She also told me that he doesn’t have any pain with it. I’m not so sure about the pain situation, because when he seems like he’s struggling with gas if I push his belly button in he seems to calm down.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Katherine - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter had the exact same thing happen!!! Everything was fine in the NICU and after we brought her home her bellybutton kept getting bigger and bigger. Today you couldn't tell by looking at her that she ever had a hernia. It started to go away around 5-6 months. I was told by our early intervention program that tummy time helps and also doing what they called "reverse tummy time" I placed her on her back and held her hands and pulled her up to a sitting position. She was and is so small that I could do this while she was on my lap. After a while she started helping pull herself up while I was holding her hands. I'm not sure what you can do about the pain, mylicon was my savior for the first few months maybe you could give that a try.

Good Luck

Tina - posted on 02/10/2010

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Our daughter (33 weeker) had the same thing and it went away on its own after a few weeks without treatments.

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Jenna - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter is now 11mo old and had a herniated belly button. It fully corrected itself over time. She never seemed to have any pain with it, it just scared me because she would push or cry and it would stick out quite a bit.

Jaclyn - posted on 02/09/2010

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It's very common for preemies to have herniated belly buttons. It goes down over time. I was told that the worse case they would need surgery.

Jaimee - posted on 02/09/2010

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my son had gastroschsis when he was born so he also has a belly button like that also. Yours might not be for the same reason but it is the same thing... my doctor told me it goes away on its own so dont do anything to it and if it dosent go away on its own then he might have to get surgery.. But I dont touch it I leave it alone Id advise the same.. My son also has gas.. He farts loud lol I think its normal for babies Lol.

Missy - posted on 02/09/2010

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my daughter had one that stuck out to almost the size of my pinky when she would cry and we took her to a very good surgeon and he fixed it right up and it only took about an hour and you cant even tell there is a scar at all

Kylie - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son was born 13 weeks early. He had a herniated belly button and a goin hernia. The groin hernia had to be operated on, as it was a piece of bowel trapped in the muscle, however the umbilical hernia has just gone on its own.

Trese - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son left the NICU with a large herniated belly button. At 4 months it has started to go in on its own. I spoke wit a surgeon and they said it should go in as his stomach mucsles get stronger.

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hay Tina, My daughter had one two... it was really big, and I was like you... when your pushing on his belly button my doctor told me that it was gas in there and that it wasn't pain full. The belly button is connected to the intenstins. My daughter is now 5 months old and no sign of her ever having a herna. I think that it started to go away at about 3 1/2 to 4 months. My neice had one to. She is now 7 years old and she has an outtie... so it really isn't anything to worry about. best of luck to ya.

Marie - posted on 02/06/2010

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My 3 month old preemie has it too. Doc says not to worry too, but its hard not too, it just looks like it hurts her. (She was born at 34 weeks)

Patricia - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son was born at 24 weeks (Yes, that's 4 MONTHS early). I know it's hard not to worry about it, but it's only huge because his intestine pops into his belly button. Especially when he cries. Just push it back in; it will make a squishing noise but it doesn't hurt. In time, it WILL close. You just have to be patient. My son's closed when he was 10 months old (6 months adjusted) and now he has a little flap of skin (barely noticeable) from when the skin stretched out.

Mary - posted on 02/06/2010

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My little guy was born at 31 wks and each time I saw the pediatrician I would ask about his hernia... it ended up going away when he was around 5 1/2 months all on his own. It was hard to look at and I did't relaize it was getting smaller until my mom noticed that it has gotten smaller. Good luck!

RayGina - posted on 02/06/2010

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both my boys had a herniated belly buttons when they were new borns. And eventually had to have surgery. It was sad but I was glad they got it fixed. Mitchell had it done when he was 3 months and Brennan when he was 2 months. I hope that helps. :)

Tracy - posted on 02/06/2010

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My bub was born at 29 weeks. her belly button developed a hernia prior to coming home, and seemed to get worse once home. I was concerned due to its size, my brother-in-law referred to it as her extra limb. She is almost 8 months now and it is completely healed. I just used high nappies. But it basically went on its own. I would often massage it, and when she strained for the toilet it engorged. But it just started to get smaller and now its cute as a button should be!

Sonya - posted on 02/05/2010

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my baby has one too and the health nurse said it should go away on its own. So i am just waiting to see what happens. I don't think he is in any pain. My little man was 3 weeks premmy and now is nearly 7 weeks old. I hope it will go away in time

Christelle - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter was a 31 weeker. Her belly button was fine when we left the NICU after 4 weeks. Then after about 2 months, she got a herniated belly button. I was terrified too, because when you'd push it back in, it would make a squishy sound. I didn't do anything for it, and it resolved on its own. It took only a few months. My doctor said that it usually resolves by 12 months.

Jenna - posted on 02/04/2010

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First of all, congratulations on your new baby! Your doctor is completely right about your baby's belly button. My daughter had a really bad herniated belly button. She was in the NICU for 4 weeks and I didn't really notice it being bad until we had been home with her for about 2 weeks (when she was 6 weeks old). She is 7 months old today (5 months adjusted) and her belly button is totally healed and looks beautiful. Before it had healed, her belly button would poke out more when she was straining to go to the bathroom but when I'd push on it, it would feel like her belly button was draining. But she never felt any pain with it and as long as I'd clean it after every bath with a wet q-tip, then she'd be fine. I hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2010

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my son had one at birth a bunch people told me to tape a silver dollar over it but i never did it went away on its own! now of course he has an outy belly button but otherwise everthing fixed itself! good luck!

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2010

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http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/mo...



that thread may help...its very common for preemies to get hernias and most of the time they 'resolve' themselves...my daughters is finally almost flat (27wkr who is now 8 1/2 month, 5 1/2 corrected)...worse case scenario is that it doesn't and then the doctor can do a surgery to 'fix' it but it will most likely correct itself

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