Symptoms of umbilical hernia in newborns are a phenomenon that occurs quite often, because it is one of the most common pathologies. Of course, there is little pleasant in this state for both the baby and his parents, however, even if you notice alarming symptoms, you should not panic: an umbilical hernia practically does not threaten the health and life of the crumbs. However, the sooner you notice the problems, the better it will be. So, what are the most common symptoms of umbilical hernia in newborns?
1. Turn the baby into an upright position. Even if the parents are holding the child in their arms, it will be possible to see an unusual protrusion of various sizes and shapes in the navel area.
2. If you gently touch the baby's tummy with your fingers, you will immediately feel the edges of the umbilical ring, as well as the protruding soft part of the hernia itself, which can easily go further into the peritoneum.
3. When a child cries or is in a tense state (for example, during defecation), the navel, as well as the areas around it, acquire some swelling.
4. The diameter of the umbilical ring seems too wide, and even as the child grows, its significant reduction does not occur.
Of course, these are not all the symptoms of umbilical hernia in newborns. Children, as a rule, begin to behave restlessly, may not sleep well and eat well (due to tummy pain). As a rule, parents who have already learned to feel their child well and notice in time that something is bothering the baby, causing him discomfort, react quickly enough to alarming signs.
Why does an umbilical hernia develop in newborns? The causes of the occurrence and development of this pathology may be different. Often a hernia is congenital, hereditary: in this case, problems arise due to the peculiarities of the anatomical structure of the abdominal wall. For example, the muscular umbilical ring may be weakened, sometimes the protrusion of the peritoneum occurs due to poor development of connective tissue (especially often this happens in children who were born prematurely).
In addition, an umbilical hernia may be acquired. It occurs due to problems with gastrointestinal tract, constipation or frequent flatulence. One of the reasons may also be muscle overstrain.
Now let's talk about how umbilical hernia is treated in newborns, the symptoms of which cause young parents considerable concern. Restorative methods of treatment include regular gymnastics and a special massage (it is best if your pediatrician teaches you how to do it). Exercises in water also have a good effect.
Massage and other procedures are usually performed after the correction of the umbilical hernia with a special adhesive plaster. Here, again, it is better for a doctor to do it, but the mother herself can cope with this task by consistently following all the recommendations.
In infancy, an umbilical hernia usually resolves itself. But older children may sometimes even need surgery. However, doctors resort to such measures only if some complications develop and only after the child reaches 3 years of age.
Now you know what symptoms of umbilical hernia in newborns exist, and how such pathologies are treated.
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