Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: concerned | 2012/10/31

Q.

baby hernia

My son ended up with a baby hernia when he was about 3 months old, our paed told us not to stress about it, it''ll probably go away, but may require surgery at a later stage.
He is now 2 and a half and it''s sill there, we have moved out of the area, so don''t go to the paed anymore.
At what stage should it disappear, or should we be concerned and take him to see someone?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You do not mention where your son has this hernia, but I presume that this is an umbilical [belly-button] hernia as this is very common in young children.Umbilical hernias usually close off by themselves. If your son still has this hernia when he is three years old it would be best to take him to see a paediatric surgeon for an opinion on what needs to be done.

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