Since the world is a world, caring for the baby’s navel right after birth is a matter of great caution and concern. In the past, the umbilicus was wrapped with an umbilical band that made the region firm and protected from possible bacteria and infections. But after the stump dries and falls, you notice a small bump in the region. Is it the fault of poor care? Did an umbilical hernia arise due to poor hygiene or proper care of the area?
Umbilical hernia is lack of care?
No dads, umbilical hernia has nothing to do with your care of the navel . Umbilical hernia is a bulge considered abnormal found in the navel region and can appear soon after the umbilical stump falls, as well as later.
The lump is so noticeable that it can be seen and felt through the fingers, when feeling, because a piece of the intestine or some internal fluid in the abdomen has moved to the upper part of the muscle, standing out in the abdomen or being more precise in the umbilical area.
Umbilical hernia is a common occurrence and is not considered serious , even if it brings a lot of concern to dads when they notice it, but it deserves care so that more serious complications do not arise. It is pointed out as a problem that affects about 10 to 20% of children in their first phase of life and is more likely to develop in premature or underweight babies.
The main symptoms of the umbilical hernia in addition to the noticeable overhang are the sensitivity in the umbilical area, in addition to small lumps that appear when standing and disappear when lying down. Nausea and vomiting can also start to happen when the hernia appears.
Can babies be born with hernias?
Some babies can already be born with the umbilical hernia, others only show the first signs after the stump falls or even appear over the months. The umbilical stump after falling has around 1 month to fully heal and look like a normal navel, if a bulge is noticed or the navel is not as expected, the pediatrician should be consulted for evaluation.
Cause of Umbilical Hernia
The cause of the appearance of the Umbilical Hernia is due to the poor closing of the muscle in the abdomen region . As the umbilical cord is connected to muscles and local tissue and the umbilical ring closes before the baby is born, what can happen is that with bad closure the intestine wall moves through this space, causing the protrusion.
Umbilical Hernia Surgery
Which father and mother are not concerned with hearing the word surgery? Even more so when it comes to a baby that has practically just been born. But the treatment of the umbilical hernia consists simply of the repair surgery that can be performed through the incision in the belly or a more updated method which is laparoscopy which is a less invasive procedure.
Both procedures are considered smooth and easy to recover and achieve 100% effectiveness in solving the problem. The recommended recovery is 2 to 3 weeks, requiring absolute rest and with the least possible effort.
A somewhat complicated request for babies already older and already walking, but of extreme need for proper recovery. There are cases where the umbilical hernia disappears naturally over time , this is the case in babies born with the problem. Some pediatricians may even put the protrusion back into place with their hands during the physical examination, but if repair surgery is not really possible it is necessary.
Risks if not treating umbilical hernia
If the proper treatment is not carried out, more serious complications can happen, such as when the abdominal cavity closes and the protrusion is out, making it impossible to return. When this happens, blood flow to the intestine slows down and tissue death or gangrene may occur . This fact poses great risks of infection in the area that can spread throughout the abdominal region and present a risk of death.
See also: Baby Navel Care
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.