Hernia of the Umbilicus (Navel)

Many babies have a small protrusion of the navel. Sometimes it is a small hernia into which abdominal contents may pass because the muscles of the abdominal wall are not yet very strong. More often there is no hernia, but only a small collar of skin which extends out for ¼ to ½ of an inch. Even when an actual hernia is present, it is likely to close during the first three years of life.

Unless the hernia (protrusion) is very large, we do not feel that treatment is necessary. Some people recommend taping the hernia or bellybands. We do not recommend either and feel they are potentially hazardous.

Care of the navel prior to loss of the umbilical cord was discussed in a previous section.

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