Umbilical Hernia Child
For most, the hernia will go away on its own as the baby grows. It will often heal within the first few years of life.
Small hernias that continue but do not cause symptoms may not need treatment either. You and your doctor will continue to check on the hernia. This will help to treat any new problems early.
Treatment may be need for hernias that are large or causing problems. For example:
- A loop of intestine can become trapped. This can cause a blockage of the intestine.
- The tissue can also become squeezed in the belly opening. If it blocks blood flow to the tissue it is called a strangulated hernia. This is a medical emergency.
Surgery may be needed to do one or both of the following:
- Tissue is pushed back in place. The belly wall is closed.
- Damaged tissue may need to be removed.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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