If your baby has a bulge around the bellybutton, they may have an umbilical hernia. Before the umbilical cord falls off, you may notice that the area seems to stick out a little more when the baby cries. Or maybe, once the cord is gone, you see that their navel sticks out (an “outie,” as it’s commonly called).
The shape of your baby’s belly button, by the way, has nothing to do with how the cord was cut or anything else you or your doctor did. It’s simply a result of how your baby’s umbilical cord met her belly, and there’s nothing you can or should do to change it.
Should an outie be corrected? An outie belly button is a cosmetic issue and doesn’t require surgery. Granulomas need to be treated to avoid infection. Hernias usually disappear on their own and those that don’t can be treated with a simple surgical procedure after the age of 4 or 5.
As long as the bulge is soft and compressible, and is not causing your child any discomfort, it’s not a problem. These hernias usually go away by 12 to 18 months, and surgery to close the hole is rarely necessary.
How does a baby get an umbilical hernia?
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.
Belly Button Goes Flat
This is normal and will usually revert back to your normal belly button once your baby is born. Sometimes you will see a flap of skin that lays flat with an indent. This is not a cause for concern.
The main sign of an umbilical hernia is a visible bump under the skin by the belly button. The hernia can get bigger and smaller: It can get bigger when a child does something that creates pressure in the belly, like standing up, crying, coughing, or straining to poop.
Is an outie an umbilical hernia?
An “outie” is typically a belly button with a small umbilical hernia. Umbilical hernias are more common in infants and in certain populations, including premature infants and blacks. Most umbilical hernias in infants are small and close spontaneously, usually within a couple of years.
Can you tape down an umbilical hernia?
Although some people claim a hernia can be fixed by taping a coin down over the bulge, don’t try this. Placing tape or an object over the bulge doesn’t help and germs may accumulate under the tape, causing infection. For children, surgery is typically reserved for umbilical hernias that: Are painful.
How do you know if your baby will have an innie or outie?
The first distinction is usually if the belly button is an innie or outie. Innie belly buttons are like a little dent in your stomach. Outie belly buttons look like a little knot is sticking out.