Dr. Instructor Member Filiz Gül, in a statement on umbilical hernia seen in babies, stated that 90 percent of umbilical hernias in babies will resolve spontaneously without any intervention, as the abdominal muscles get stronger, with the closure of the umbilical cord opening.
Stating that if the umbilical hernia does not heal on its own until the age of 4 or causes a complication, surgical intervention may be required, Gul said:
Umbilical hernia can be seen in 1 in 5 newborns. After birth, this opening closes. However, due to the weak abdominal wall muscles around the navel, abdominal organs such as intestines can come out of this opening. This protrusion is called an umbilical hernia. The size of the hernia’s exit site and the ability to push the protruding organs back are important. If the organs in the hernia sac cannot be pushed back “It may be a serious condition. The blood supply to the organs in the hernia may be disrupted and tissue damage may occur.”
“Complaints such as excessive straining, constipation, severe coughing may increase intra-abdominal pressure and facilitate the formation of hernia”
Stating that umbilical hernia, which can be seen in babies, occurs due to the congenital weakness of the abdominal wall, Gül said, “This situation cannot be prevented. However, complaints such as excessive straining, constipation, severe coughing due to gas in the newborn period may facilitate the formation of hernia by increasing intra-abdominal pressure. For this reason, the patient’s symptoms should be closely monitored. treatment should be arranged.” made evaluations.
Stating that only a pediatrician examination would be sufficient for the diagnosis of umbilical hernia in babies, Gül said that sometimes ultrasound imaging can be used to evaluate possible complications.