, Mar 22 2012 06:43 AM
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:43 AM
Hi all. Our DS was born 8 weeks ago. We made it to just past 33 weeks. At his Dr check yesterday it was confirmed that he has an umbilical hernia. His belly button protudes like a very large grape. The Dr isn't at all concerned as they are quite normal (especially in preterm babies) however she did suggest that it will take a while for his to correct itself as the gap is quite large. She also mentioned surgery at 18mths if it didn't correct itself.
I was just wondering what others have experienced especially with preterm babies. Did your baby have an umbilical hernia? Did it correct itself? How long did it take? OR Did your baby end up needing surgery?
Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:02 AM
my dd had a granuloma which was treated with silver nitrate originally thought it was a hernia but wasn't. youd never know she had it now
Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:11 AM
My 31weeker also had one. It had resolved itself by 10 months.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:17 AM
Our DS2 was born 8 weeks early and he also had a umbilical hernia. His was quite large, approximately the size of a large grape.
We had a surgical consult even while he was in the NICU just to double check it. They all decided to leave it and they said the common thing is to check them again after 12 months. It is very common preterm babies.
His has now all gone, we moved up to the crawler nappies about 8 weeks ago and it appears that the larger nappy covering it has pushed it in and it is staying in. DS2 had a tumour removed by the same surgeon mid February and he checked the umbilical hernia again and he said it was common for them to correct themselves.
All the doctors said not to worry it.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:42 AM
Hi sorry I don't belong here as DS was full term at 38weeks but he developed an umbilical hernia, his paed said it was one of the biggest he had seen in awhile! It stayed for a long time and got bigger as time went on, it would poke through onesies and shirts, but it did disappear on its own. I think from memory the paed said it would change colour before it disappeared and I'm pretty sure it did change colour.
Hopefully your ds's disappears on it own.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:56 AM
I also don't really belong here as DS wasn't a premmie but he had a large umbilical hernia which didn't resolve on its own. It wasn't a problem for him. He did end up with a inguinual (sp?) hernia (on both sides actually) which ended up needing surgery when he was almost 5, they fixed the umbilical hernia at the same time. It was starting to cause him problems then, but I suspect because of the other hernias. He recovered well and considering he had 3 hernias repaired, very quickly in my opinion (up and around the next day). Just keep an eye on it but don't worry. My son was in the extremely rare category with 3 hernias, I recall the surgeon saying 95% of umbilical hernias resolve on their own.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:25 AM
Thank you very much for your replies. It is reassuring to know that so many of them resolve themselves. Hopefully DS's will correct itself as well. It looks so big on a tiny babies' tummy.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:45 AM
My dd was born at 32 weeks and had an umbilical hernai. It self repaired (not sure what age) but it was sometime before 15 months.
Edited by Lainskii, 22 March 2012 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:53 AM
I dont belong here either but DS had one and it had self corrected by 6 months
We had a young doctor and she started getting all panicky over it and mentioned surgery and even contacted the paediatrcians! Cue mother paranoia and freak out lol.. Until we went an saw our child health nurse who Said straight away not to stress and it was a small! (it was the size of a grape) she sees them around golf ball size!!
They look so weird and out of place on their little tummies
Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:01 PM
Molly had an umbilical hernia.
I noticed it begin in hospital, but the doctor laughed at me. SHe had surgery for inguinal hernias while still in SCN, but they wouldn't touch the umbilical one.
Hers got so big it was a big as a golf ball and would squish and gurgle when you touched it. Gross. I used to avert my eyes when I did her nappy change.
Doctors said they wouldn't do anything as surgery often fails and they usually self resolve.
Molly's went away slowly by about 14 months old. SHe now has wrinkly elephant skin around her belly button.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:29 AM
Thanks you all again for the replies. Going by responses it does seem that they take a while to resolve.
Hers got so big it was a big as a golf ball and would squish and gurgle when you touched it. Gross.
Oh wow! How long did it take to get that big? His also makes the squishy sounds. The Dr told me it was his intestines sticking through
Posted 23 March 2012 - 04:35 PM
My eldest prem, an ex 33 weeker had a hernia, it was also very large (golf ball also) and he had it repaired at 4yo. Back then the surgeon recommended waiting that long! My 34 weeker also had one, but it was only tiny and resolved by twelve months.
(My 28 weeker had inguinal hernias, they operated at ten weeks) Have to include that just because it is so ironic that all of my kids had them!
Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:46 PM
My 29 weeker has an umbilical hernia. He is now 16 months and he has definitely gotten smaller. It poked out about 1 inch to start with. It's now about 1cm and we were told they normally go away by the time there 2. One doctor who is a friend said he wouldn't worry anout it until he's 5. Basically it doesn't hurt them and other than aesthetics it's not an issue.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:58 PM
My DD had one, she was a 37 weeker. It was huge! def the size of a golf ball and it also made noises :-)
Our Dr said they wouldnt repair it until she was 4, but it self repaired at around 2-2.5
This was 12 yeasr ago now. Maybe they fix them earlier these days?
Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:26 PM
My DS wasn't early (born at 38+3) & didn't develop an umbilical hernia until he was a few weeks old. It was very disconcerting for a first time Mum! I took a guess at what it was & read up on it ("Baby Love" by Robin Barker - great book!).
I also got the paed to look at it at DS's 6 week check. As PPs have stated, the paed said they were "quite common, nothing to worry about, no need to do anything, would most likely resolve itself, we only operate if it's still there by 12mths old". Very reassuring.
But the BEST
point the paed made was "it will get worse before it gets better"
. I'm so glad he told me that, as it got MUCH
worse - i.e. went from large grape size to almost golf ball sized!!! It didn't take too long to resolve itself, though - was around 3.5mths (I think) - definitely no longer a problem by the time DS's 4mth vaccinations were due. As per PPs, though, it can take up to 12mths & beyond to "fix itself" & in some circumstances, may require an operation.
Now, at 6mths, DS has a very cute "innie" belly button
, but the skin is still a little discoloured (like a bruise that's healing).
Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:35 PM
Two of my (full term) kids had umbilical hernias. DS1's resolved itself at about 11 months-ish I think. DS2's continued to get worse until it was *huge* (somwhere between a golf ball and tennis ball in size) - it was surgically repaired at about 21 months, and looks entirely normal now.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:45 PM
Hi there. My daughter has had one since birth. She was born at 38 weeks but it has always been quite large, I'd say the size of a large grape. They often close over but hers never has. She will have surgery towards the end of the year to have it fixed (she is nearly 5 years old, so we'll get it done before she starts school). So, as far as I understand it, they often don't do surgery until kids are close to school age. The surgery is not complicated (day procedure) but they like to wait til they are older as the older they are, the more they understand and cope with it. Apparently not too painful, should be okay with panadol. No doubt she'll be somewhat tender but will get through it. I don't know if it's a procedure that necessarily has to be done in boys. They definitely do it in girls because it causes problems down the line when it comes to being pregnant themselves but the main reason to fix it in children, is cosmetic. I don't think having the hernia actually hurts them as such. Hope this is helpful. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:51 PM
MY 37weeker DS has an umbilical hernia. It is only small and the Dr said they normally self repair by the age of 4.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:05 PM
My ds (full term at 40 weeks) is 20 months and I noticed he had an umbilical hernia about 6 months ago. The dr said if it's still there when he's two, she'll refer him to a specialist but they generally won't operate until later (4?). She said most heal over and it is extremely rare for it to become a problem like an adult hernia. She said to watch for any pain in the area but it was likely to be perfectly fine.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:08 PM
27 weeker DS had it the size of a grape too. Was told in NICU it's very common among preemies. It did go down eventually. He is 15 months now and it now looks like a little raisin stuck in his belly button.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:20 AM
My 35 weeker had a huge umbilical hernia, again as pp's have said about the size of a golf ball. Dr's said it was fine, but told us to gently press on it and you should very gently be able to make it go back in. They said to us in the event that you couldn't get it back in we were to go to emergency immediatly because it meant that it had become strangulated. This happened, DS was only around 4 months and we was screaming one morning, we couldn't figure out why, and then DH pressed his belly button and it went no where. Off to the ED and long story short, it did pop in without surgery after half hour or so.
I think that by gently pressing it in it helped, it got smaller over time and now DS is almost 6 and has a perfect innie, and has had for a long time. There is a little bit of saggy skin at the top of his belly button though.
Ask your Doctor about pressing it back in, it makes a horrible gurgling squishing sound but it never bothered DS in the slightest.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:32 AM
My DD (full term) also had an umbilical hernia, it was about the size of a large grape. Our GP wasn't too concerned and said if it was still there when DD was 2 he would review it then.
She was around the age of 2 when it went.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:07 PM
Another whose ex 32 weeker had quite a large umbilical hernia. It took quite a while to resolve, over 12 months from memory but nobody was bothered about it except me cause it was gross to look at.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:51 PM
My 30 weeker had one of these. It got quite large then literally seemed to disappear overnight, at around 6 months. Now he has an outtie belly button, but no sign of the hernia. Most of them resolve on their own so no need to be concerned.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:03 PM
Hi, don't belong here but my two year old has an umbilical hernia, she is booked in to have it repaired in July. From what our peadiatric surgeon said if it appears before six months they generally heal on their own but if it appears and worsens after that surgery is normally used to correct it. Which in our case is true as my 8 month old had one about two months and it is now almost normal again.
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