The term hernia is common when it comes to diseases in the modern world. This is when an inner part of the body like an organ thrusts through a muscle weakness or a tissue wall. There are many kind of hernia that you can come across. One of these types is umbilical hernia.
Umbilical hernia takes place when some of the fatty tissue or bowel nudges into a place near the belly button or navel. This pushes through a spot that is weak in the nearby muscles wall which is also referred to as abdominal wall. This condition is popular in infants and it has been revealed that one in every ten young children is being affected by this problem. This condition is also said to be popular in babies that are premature.
How Does Umbilical Hernia Occur?
When a woman is pregnant, umbilical cord goes through a hole located in the stomach wall of the baby. This opening should be able to close prior to birth, though in some instances, muscles don’t close completely. This therefore leaves a fragile spot that is responsible for the growth of umbilical hernia. Hernia appears like a swell in the belly button (navel) and that it might grow big when your child laughs more often, coughs, uses the toilet, crying and so on.
On the other hand, it might shrink if the child is relaxed or lying down and it has no painful.
It is also possible for adults to develop umbilical hernia though on rare occasions. It is therefore imperative to look at some of the possible causes of umbilical hernia in adults so as to avoid being victims. These causes are :-
- Elating heavy objects
- Being overweight
- Having a continued cough
- Multiple pregnancies among others
In case you have a child that has umbilical hernia, then good news is that it can be repaired. Here are possible ways to repair this condition.
Umbilical Hernia repair entails a small operation hat is meant to push the lump back to its place and at the same time strengthen abdominal wall. It has to be noted that operation is not necessary in kids that have this condition. It has been established that nine out of ten cases of babies with umbilical hernia heal devoid of any kind of treatment. This is estimated that by the time the child is three or four years, the bulge should have disappeared on its own.
This also explains why your surgeon will recommend that you wait until your baby is about this age before taking them for operation.
Many children with umbilical hernia will see it heal on its own. This is applicable in a way that the hernia goes back in (retracts) and at the same time the muscles seal back (re-seal) prior to the child’s first birthday. There are however very rare cases where some of the child’s bowel can get jammed outside the stomach. This will lead to so much pain and vomiting of the child and at time can lead to the damage of their bowel. In this case, it is imperative to avert bowel damage, hence immediate operation is necessary.