If your child has a hernia, it means the intestine or bowel is bulging through a weak area in the a...
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If your child has a hernia, it means the intestine or bowel is bulging through a weak area in the abdomen. Sometimes the muscles in the abdomen do not come together completely before birth. This leaves a small opening below the skin. An umbilical hernia is an opening in the belly button area and an inguinal hernia is an opening in the groin area. A hernia is usually diagnosed because of a bulge - sometimes with pain or discomfort-- in the belly button or groin area. If your child has a hernia, it needs to eventually close. If it does not, the intestines or other contents of the abdomen may push through the opening. Movement of food can be affected. The intestines may become blocked, causing pain, redness, swelling, and vomiting. Pinching may restrict blood flow, which can lead to other complications.
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