The hernia looks like a bulge under the skin. In baby boys, a bulge in the scrotum is the most common type of hernia. It happens because of a persistent canal between the scrotum and abdomen that normally closes when a fetus is developing. A hernia can move back into the abdomen through the passage.
How do I know if my baby has a hernia?
What are the symptoms of a hernia in a child?
- A full, round belly.
- Belly pain and soreness.
- Redness or discoloration near the hernia.
What causes baby hernias?
Shortly after the baby is born, the inguinal canal closes. This stops the testicles from moving back into the abdomen. If this area does not fully close, a part of the intestine can move into the canal through the weakened area of the lower belly wall. This causes a hernia.
What causes baby umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia happens when intestine, fat, or fluid pushes through a weak spot or hole in your baby’s stomach muscles. This causes a bulge near or in the belly button, or navel. It may look like your child’s belly button is swollen. Many children have an umbilical hernia at birth.
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.
How long does a baby hernia last?
There is a good chance that your child’s umbilical hernia will close on its own. Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. Your child may need surgery if the hernia is very large or if a hernia of any size has not gone away by age 5.
Is hernia surgery safe for babies?
We recommend repair of all groin hernias regardless of age. Inguinal hernia repair surgery is a safe and common procedure, especially when performed by the trained pediatric surgeons at CHOC. The surgery usually takes one hour.
Are hernias painful for babies?
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 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.