Umbilical Hernia In Children
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
An umbilical hernia is a bulge through the abdominal muscles in the area of your child's navel (belly button). The hernia may contain fluid, tissue from the abdomen, or part of an organ (such as an intestine).
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines decrease your child's pain. They are available without a doctor's order. Ask your child's primary healthcare provider which medicine is right for your child. Ask how much medicine to give your child. Follow directions. These medicines can cause stomach bleeding if not taken correctly. Ibuprofen can cause kidney damage. Do not let your child take ibuprofen if your child has kidney disease, an ulcer, or allergies to aspirin. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age: Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
- Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's primary healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not helping or if he has side effects. Tell your child's primary healthcare provider if your child takes any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines he takes. Include the amounts, and when and why he takes them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.
Follow up with your child's primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your child's primary healthcare provider if:
- Your child is crying more than normal, or he seems like he is in pain.
- Your child is vomiting.
- You cannot gently push your child's hernia back into his abdomen. (Do this only if your primary healthcare provider has shown you how to do it.)
- Your child has trouble having a bowel movement.
- Your child's abdomen seems larger, rounder, or more full than normal.
- You have questions about your child's condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's hernia is stuck outside his abdomen and is painful, swollen, or feels hard.
- Your child stops having bowel movements and stops passing gas.
- Your child has blood in his bowel movement.
- Your child's abdominal pain is bad or getting worse.
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