My younger son was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia quite unexpectedly for me (we just came to the clinic to see a surgeon with him when the child was one month old).
At first, neither I, nor the therapist, nor the nurse noticed the hernia – she was not very big, she did not throw herself into the eyes.
Before, I knew about this problem only from the stories of those who had encountered it. I was upset and even panicked at the first moment (as the doctor immediately told me about the treatment methods and explained that if they do not help, I will need to have an operation).
Then, somewhat calmer, I began to study the information on the Internet and consult with knowledgeable people in a specialized forum. The first panic passed, but I was still nervous, because at first everything I was doing did not give a visible effect, and I did not want to go to the hospital.
Literature, which I read on this issue, explained the occurrence of a hernia by the fact that a small child has weak abdominal muscles and an umbilical ring expanded. It was also written there that if the abdominal muscles get stronger, the hernia can pass by itself, without surgery.
Not only doctors gave me advice.
The mother-in-law advised to read some special prayer at dawn, one of my acquaintances recommended to find a grandmother who knows how to speak of a hernia, but the changes brought the other methods for the better (first of all, massage and laying on the stomach helped).
In addition, the pediatrician (thanks to her) sent us to a gastroenterologist, because the child cried a lot because of pain in the abdomen (and this is one of the factors that can provoke an increase in hernia). The gastroenterologist looked at the tests, prescribed the treatment, and as a result, after a while, the stomach began to disturb the son significantly less, which played a positive role.
Also, in addition to massage, I can advise those who are faced with this problem, to seal the navel with a special plaster, and the doctor at the district clinic may prescribe a course of physical therapy.
In short, there is no need to panic.
It is important to continue to monitor the surgeon and take all possible measures. To operate without serious reasons a small child will not be sent to the operation, as a rule, not earlier than three years.
What to fear?
The umbilical hernia can lead to complications – pinching and, consequently, to the inflammatory process. But if you follow the recommendations of the doctor, the likelihood of such a development is small.
Now my youngest son is six months old. The surgeon hasn’t removed it yet, but she explained to me that the main danger has passed and now you just need to show her the child from time to time for her own peace of mind.