Is it teething time for your little one?
A hernia is bulge in the groin or the stomach that results in an internal organ moving. Hernias can be painful depending on the location.
The most common hernia in a child is inguinal hernias. This type of hernia occurs in the genital area before birth and is more common in boys. In boys, the testicles start to develop in the abdomen and then move through the inguinal canal to the scrotum. For girls, the ovaries travel through the same canal to the pelvis area. When this happens, sometimes the abdominal wall is not yet closed and as a result, a piece of intestine may enter the canal. Inguinal hernias do not correct themselves and often require surgery.
If you notice a firm lump in the groin area, that tends to bulge or get larger when straining, it’s more than likely an inguinal hernia.
Umbilical hernias are extremely common and are mostly harmless. This kind of hernia happens in the womb as well. If the abdominal muscles do not come together as they should, an opening remains in the abdominal wall and surrounding tissue can bulge out of the opening.  In most cases, an umbilical hernia will go away on its own by the time your child is 3 years of age.



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.