How a baby’s umbilical cord is clamped or cut has nothing to do with baby ending up with an outie. An outie is normal and not usually a medical concern, only a cosmetic one for some. For some infants, the cause of an outie belly button may be an umbilical hernia or granuloma.
If your baby has a bulge around the bellybutton, they may have an umbilical hernia. Before the umbilical cord falls off, you may notice that the area seems to stick out a little more when the baby cries. Or maybe, once the cord is gone, you see that their navel sticks out (an “outie,” as it’s commonly called).
Do umbilical hernias go away in babies?
Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. But some children get or still have an umbilical hernia when they are infants or toddlers. Umbilical hernias almost always close on their own as a child grows. But sometimes surgery is needed.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s umbilical hernia?
Call the doctor if your child still has the hernia after turning 5 years old. Call right away if: The hernia gets larger, seems swollen, or is hard. The hernia sticks out when your child is sleeping, calm, or lying down and you can’t push it back in.
The part of the umbilical cord that’s still attached to your baby is the umbilical stump. Often the clamp is still attached to the stump. During the first few days after birth, the stump gets darker, shrivels and eventually falls off to become your baby’s belly button. Sometimes this takes a week or two.
Should I push my umbilical hernia back in?
An irreducible hernia cannot be pushed back inside. Any time a hernia cannot be reduced, you should contact your health-care provider. Sometimes these types of hernias can become strangulated. The tissue, usually intestine, can become trapped and the blood supply cut off.
Despite common folklore, you can’t flatten an outie by strapping something across your baby’s belly or by taping a quarter over it. In fact, there’s nothing you can (or should) do to change an outie. Instead, as your child grows, help them understand that it’s just another way a body can look.
How do I know if my baby has an umbilical hernia?
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.
How do I know if my baby has a hernia?
Symptoms of hernias include:
- Lump in the groin near the thigh.
- Persistent crying in babies.
- A lump that is bigger when the child is standing or straining (such as crying or coughing) and disappears when the child is lying down or relaxed.
- Pain and tenderness.
How common is umbilical hernia in babies?
This hernia develops when a portion of the lining of the abdomen, part of the intestine, and / or fluid from the abdomen, comes through the muscle of the abdominal wall. Umbilical hernias are common, occurring in 10 percent to 20 percent of all children.
Is umbilical hernia serious?
An umbilical hernia is not dangerous in itself, but there is a risk that it will get trapped (incarcerated). This can cut off the blood supply to the contents of the hernia, causing life-threatening conditions such as gangrene or peritonitis (if this happens, the hernia is said to be strangulated).
How does a baby get a hernia?
A hernia can develop in the first few months after a baby is born. It happens because of a weakness in the abdomen muscles. Straining and crying don’t cause hernias. But the increased pressure in the belly can make a hernia more easily seen.