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Umbilical Hernia In Children


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).



  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • 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 healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your child's 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 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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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.