Fifty Cent Coin on Umbilical Hernia Myth

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An old wives' tale suggests putting a fifty cent coin on an umbilical hernia
An old wives’ tale suggests putting a fifty cent coin on an umbilical hernia

If baby has an umbilical hernia, place a fifty cent coin on it.

Reason: To close the hernia.

True or False?

Answer: False

The umbilical cord is the life line between baby and mother whilst the baby is in the womb. As soon as the baby is born the cord will be clamped and cut in order for the baby to establish his own circulation. The cord enters the baby between the two rectus abdominus muscles of the abdominal wall. The umbilical ring is a small hole (about 1/2 inch in diameter) through which the umbilical cord passes into the baby’s belly. Usually, after the umbilical cord is cut and the stump begins to wither and fall off, the umbilical ring closes.

If the umbilical ring remains open, the baby will have an umbilical hernia. The belly button “pops” out, and gets bigger if the baby is crying or straining. Sometimes it looks almost like a balloon. When the baby is relaxed, this balloon can be gently pushed back into the belly — only to reemerge a few minutes later.

The bulge may range from 1 to 5 centimeters in diameter. If your baby has an umbilical hernia, you may notice the bulge only when he or she cries, coughs or strains. The bulge may disappear when your baby is calm or lies on his or her back. Umbilical hernias in children are usually painless. Most umbilical hernias get better without treatment by the time the child is 3 – 4 years old. Those that do not close may need surgery later.

Call your health care provider, or go to the emergency room if baby has abdominal pain, or if the hernia becomes tender, swollen, or discolored — especially if the baby also has signs of peritonitis or shock

fifty-cent-coin-myth_hernia Sebastian with an umbilical hernia
fifty-cent-coin-myth_hernia2 Close up view of the hernia
fifty-cent-coin-myth_hernia3 Place a finger on the hernia and press gently
fifty-cent-coin-myth_hernia4 See how it “pops” in when you press it.
fifty-cent-coin-myth_hernia5 Let go and it pops out again. Do not worry; it does not cause any pain to the baby.
Old wives tales says to put a coin on the hernia. Do not use this method!!!
fifty-cent-coin-myth_50cent Place a fifty cent coin on the hernia
fifty-cent-coin-myth_50cent3 Put an abdominal binder on to keep the coin in place
fifty-cent-coin-myth_50cent2 When baby moves the coin may slip to the back and cause pressure on the skin where baby lies on it.
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. I prefer to put the binder outside the baby’s clothes as it is more comfortable for baby.
fifty-cent-coin-myth_binder1 Fold a cloth nappy into a longish strip and place baby on it. Fold one end over the tummy.
fifty-cent-coin-myth_binder2 Pull the other end over the tummy
fifty-cent-coin-myth_binder3 Pull it firmly under the baby
fifty-cent-coin-myth_binder4 Tuck the end into the top or secure with a nappy pin

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

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