What does a swollen belly button indicate?
An umbilical hernia creates a soft swelling or bulge near the navel. It occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. Umbilical hernias in children are usually painless.
What do you do when your belly button is swollen?
You can often ignore a smaller cyst. But if it’s large, swollen, or painful, your doctor may drain it, remove it, or inject drugs to curb the swelling.
How do umbilical hernias go away?
An umbilical hernia won’t go away on its own. Only surgery can repair it.
When does herniated belly button go away?
There is a good chance that your child’s umbilical hernia will close on its own. Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. Your child may need surgery if the hernia is very large or if a hernia of any size has not gone away by age 5.
Why is my belly button so big?
An umbilical hernia happens when intestine, fat, or fluid pushes through a weak spot or hole in your baby’s stomach muscles. This causes a bulge near or in the belly button, or navel. It may look like your child’s belly button is swollen. Many children have an umbilical hernia at birth.
Can I push my umbilical hernia back in?
Kids sometimes need emergency surgery if the intestine is not reducible. This means it is stuck in the muscle wall, which can damage the intestines. At home, you can push the hernia back in, but don’t put tape or anything else on the hernia to hold it in.
Can umbilical hernia heal itself?
Why does it hurt from my belly button down?
The appendix is part of the large intestine, which is why the pain is near the belly button. Other symptoms of appendicitis include fever and an upset stomach. The pain also usually moves from the belly button to the lower right side of your abdomen, and you may also experience back pain.