Umbilical hernia

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Umbilical hernia
Umbilical hernia

If the area round your baby’s umbilicus bulges out when he cries, he may have an umbilical hernia. This is a small opening in the abdominal muscle which allows the skin to bulge out when there is pressure inside the abdomen such as when baby cries or tries to poop. It is not a serious condition and the majority will heal by twelve to eighteen months but some may take about 3-4 years to resolve. It can be very frightening for the parents when they look at the bulge especially if it is quite big (in their eyes) whereas the doctor says that it is small.

It is not recommended to put a coin on it as some old wives proclaim because the coin may slip to the back and cause pressure on the skin where baby lies on it.

Baby with a small umbilical hernia
Close up view of the hernia. It will bulge more when baby cries or poops.
If you gently press on it, the bulge will go in.

I find that by using an abdominal binder on the umbilical hernia it prevents the hernia from bulging too much when baby cries and it helps the umbilical ring to close faster.

You can put the binder under his clothes or outside. It must be tight enough to prevent the hernia from bulging when baby cries. I prefer to put the binder outside the baby’s clothes as it is more comfortable for baby.
You can put the binder under his clothes or outside. It must be tight enough to prevent the hernia from bulging when baby cries. I prefer to put the binder outside the baby’s clothes as it is more comfortable for baby.

I would like to thank Sebastian for giving me the opportunity to show a real umbilical hernia.

Fold a cloth nappy into a longish strip and place baby on it. Fold one end over the tummy.
Fold a cloth nappy into a longish strip and place baby on it. Fold one end over the tummy.
Tuck the end into the top or secure with a nappy pin.
Tuck the end into the top or secure with a nappy pin.
Pull the other end over the tummy.
Pull the other end over the tummy.
 Four months later the hernia is half the size and almost becoming an ‘innie’.

Four months later the hernia is half the size and almost becoming an ‘innie’.
Pull it firmly under the baby.
Pull it firmly under the baby.

Use a cloth nappy to make the binder. Just fold it according to the steps below:

Fold the nappy into a triangle.
Fold the nappy into a triangle.
Fold the nappy half length-wise.
Fold the nappy half length-wise.
Take the top corner and fold it so that the tip touches the middle of the fold.
Take the top corner and fold it so that the tip touches the middle of the fold.
This is what the abdominal binder should look like.
This is what the abdominal binder should look like.
This is a close-up of the previous photo.
This is a close-up of the previous photo.
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