Umbilical Hernia

Megan - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hi! Does anyone else have a baby with an umbilical hernia? My 1 month old daughter has one and it looks pittiful :( I was worried about it but the doctor today said that it was completly normal, just may take 1 or 2 years to turn in to a "normal" belly button :(

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Carolynn - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son had one too the doctor said they are more common in boys then girls and they take allot longer for them to go away for boys, however my son no longer has it, it just went down on its own around his 5th month.(the doctor also said it would take 1-2 yrs) I come from a traditional Italian family who mentioned something about a belly band, i never tried it but all it is, is a piece of fabric you gently rap around your child's belly so when they cry it doesn't protrude.....I don't think there is any concern my doctor told me as long as i could push it and it went in easily then not to worry as long as it wasn't hard. i hope this helps.

Cristina - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi, try wrapping a baby cotton belt made especially for that, my baby sister had that happen to her and indeed it got corrected. I'm from a foreign country where that is fixed that way, it will not harm your baby and that bellybutton will go back to where it's supposed to go, to me it seems too long to wait 2 years. good luck,

Anjoli - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hey mommy. No worries. Keni had one by that time and the doctor said that 75% of baby's with it resolve in the first year. Keni's grape sized hernia was gone by 6 months. My friend's son's resolved by 9 months and it was pretty big. No pain and we let it be. Please do not put anything on it (like quarters or 50cent pieces) it can do more harm than good (skin reactions, and decreasing circulation to the hernia).

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

When I was a baby I had an outy. Way back then 30+ years ago they used quarter's and belly bands to correct the hernia. Growing up I had an inny for the band corrected the problem. I agree most of the comments made - leave it alone and it should correct itself - give it some time. If it doesnot correct itself, talk with the babies doctor to discuss other options.



Furthermore, when I was 3 months pregnant with my first child it poked back out and never went back in.  The only way now is to correct it with surgery.

Casara - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son has one but our doctor said it should be better on its own in 3 to 4 years, and if not then it will be surgically fixed. It still hasn't went away but the doctor said only very few have to have surgery done. Good luck!

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Yesenia - posted on 05/03/2015

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My daughter had one and it goes away. But I used to but a quarter directly on the belly button and wrap it down so the hernia isn't popping out and hurts her

Nancy - posted on 05/02/2015

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My grandson had a large umbilical hernia from birth. Now at 9 months it is almost completely gone.

Leezanne Esther - posted on 12/17/2009

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even less! my daughter's own went normal before she struck 3 months

Renae - posted on 12/17/2009

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I know, my baby boy had one. I was 7cm (3inches) long and 5cm (2inch) wide. You can't do the nappy up, cant wear pants etc etc. They were going to leave it to go down on its own just like your baby but they found another internal hernia which needed surgery so they fixed both while they were there. I hope it goes away soon. Lots of tummy time to strengthen those muscles!

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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When I was a baby I had an outy. Way back then 30+ years ago they used quarter's and belly bands to correct the hernia. Growing up I had an inny for the band corrected the problem. I agree most of the comments made - leave it alone and it should correct itself - give it some time. If it doesnot correct itself, talk with the babies doctor to discuss other options.

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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My preemie had one, and it looked horible. It stuck out about an inch and a half. At about 5 months old it started going back to "normal". Just be patient. If however you notice that it seems to hurt her alot and you can't seem to console her, get her to the hospital to get checked out.

Kimberly - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had one as well. My doctor also told me the
same thing. However it went away when she was 4 months.
Now she's a inny. =)
Dont worry.

Mattee - posted on 12/17/2009

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Pretty sure my son does. It hasn't ben diagnosed by a doctor yet, but my little brother had one, and they look just the same. My little brothers had to be surgically corrected, but I know in alot of cases they repair themselves before the child is 3.

Shawn - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had one when she was born and today she is 5 with an outtie.....the hernia never closed up but it's not large enough to operate on and it doesn't bother her in any way. Your daughter will most likely have a similar experience and yes it's quite normal.

Betsy - posted on 12/17/2009

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I had one and 2 of my kids did, and they all went away by 2 yrs old. They're pretty common.

Erica - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter is four months and has an umbilical hernia. I swear it only gets bigger, but the doctor says its getter better. She told me it should be gone by the time she's two!

Maggie - posted on 12/17/2009

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my son had one until right around his first birthday. It's no big deal and will usually go away on it's own.

Lisa - posted on 12/17/2009

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yes my son is 3 months old 2day and he has an umbilical hernia. i was told by the time hes 3 years old it should be gone.

Katie - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter has this too. She is now nine months old and it is definitely much better. We used to call it her belly trunk because it looked like an elephant trunk coming out of her belly. It's not "normal" yet but I can tell it's getting there! Hope this helps!

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