Newborns with Herniated Belly Buttons

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A herniated belly button is another name for an umbilical hernia. If your baby has one, you will see a swelling in the area of his belly button. A hernia is a weakness in the lining of the abdomen. In the case of an umbilical hernia, the weakness is in the umbilical ring below the belly button.

Most small umbilical hernias close by the time the baby is four or five years old; however, hernias bigger than two centimeters in diameter usually do not close.

 Intestines, which obviously belong inside the abdomen, can protrude out through the weak wall of a hernia. With a belly button hernia, you may see a mass in the area of the belly button. It can get bigger when your baby is crying, because crying increases the pressure inside. It may disappear completely when he is quiet. A herniated belly button is soft and you can push it back.

The belly button, or umbilicus, is where the umbilical cord connected your blood supply to your baby while you were pregnant. After birth, the skin in the area heals, the stub of the umbilical cord normally falls off, and the umbilical ring below closes. If the ring does not close, the baby will have an umbilical hernia. This usually appears during the first few months of the baby’s life and is more common in premature babies and African-American babies.

Most small umbilical hernias close by the time the baby is four or five years old; however, hernias bigger than two centimeters in diameter usually do not close. If your baby has a large hernia, or one that has not closed by around age four, it will need to be repaired by a surgeon (some surgeons will consider a repair at a slightly earlier age).

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Newborns with Herniated Belly Buttons

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  1. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    I have 2 sons with this, my doc suggested pushing his intestines in when he was calm, for us it helped heal the hole faster, when my 4 yr old was first born his hole was the size of my finger tip, by the time he was 1 it was almost closed. With my 2 yr old his wasn’t near as bad and closed on it’s own by 9 months. They both still have outie belly buttons, but they are no longer hernias.

  2. my daughter had one and is starting to close and heal on its own. thank you lord. look at god, wont he do it. (sn: the doctors said that she might have to get surgery)

  3. Profile photo of april april says:

    My twins had this but so far it looks like it has started to heal on its own. Hope it stays that way.

  4. Profile photo of Jordan Jordan says:

    My baby girl has this and her Dr. said she doesn’t feel any pain. So at least that’s an upside. I just hope it goes away.

  5. Profile photo of Maria Maria says:

    My niece has this. As a baby we would make sure to keep her wrapped so that it wouldn’t hurt her as much when she cried. (We’re mexican and believe in wrapping the belly area to protect the belly button and when this happened with my niece it was like support for her.)
    Now she’s 6yrs old and had her last surgery to fix her tummy cause she would have a reoccurring hernia, and she is fine now.

  6. Profile photo of Olivia Olivia says:

    I have a cousin that have this.. her sister and her daughter has it too.. she’s 22 and her sister is 18 and their bellybutton is still like that

  7. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    I would feel so bad.

  8. Profile photo of Amanda Augur Amanda Augur says:

    My son has this and it hurts me more than it does him. Every time he cries it pops out further and further, and turns purple. I really hope it fixes itself and soon. I really don’t want my little monkey to have surgery 🙁

  9. Profile photo of Donna Donna says:

    My son’s umbilical fell off after a week & initially it wasn’t a concern. However due to his colic and crying, the hernia appeared. He is 6 weeks old now & naturally as a 1st time Mom it freaked me out. I just hope it clears up like they say & he doesn’t need surgery.

  10. Profile photo of Tina Tina says:

    Awe I hope my baby doesn’t get this.

  11. Profile photo of Martin15910 Martin15910 says:

    My son had an Umbilical Hernia, every time he cried it got bigger and turned purple it was definitely scary for a first time mommy. Thankfully his healed by the time he turned 9 months old and at 21 months he has one of the most beautiful little belly buttons ever, now just hope his little sister doesn’t get one when she comes in October!

  12. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    This sounds pretty serious :/

  13. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    My baby’s belly button is herniated. her doctor said we will watch it if it does not go away, it will be corrected through a surgery. I pray it corrects on its own. I am an African and in my place it is no problem but I want the best for my kid.

  14. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    My daughter has this b/c she pulled her cord off before it was ready, hope it all clears up ok…

  15. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    Mine baby’s belly button was herniated alittle but the dr said it should go away

  16. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My daughter went for her 2 week check up and her belly button is fine.

  17. Profile photo of Valerie Valerie says:

    My mother in law just had a baby, and his belly button is herniated. 🙁

  18. Profile photo of amy wright amy wright says:


  19. I think my son had this! He is 7 now.


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