An umbilical hernia means that an area on the inside of the stomach near the navel has weakened. A so-called hernia sac is formed under the skin and there is a round bulge on the abdomen. Umbilical hernia almost always grows away in children.
An umbilical hernia is usually congenital. It is most common in children, but adults may also have an umbilical hernia.
A groin hernia is another form of hernia that is due to a weakening of the abdominal wall. Read more about groin hernia here.
Umbilical hernia in adults can develop into a so-called squeezed hernia. This is when intestinal or other tissue from the stomach is squeezed into the hernia sac. The tissue can then become trapped and damaged if it is not pushed back.
Symptoms of umbilical hernia
The umbilical hernia is seen as a soft bulge on the abdomen. Umbilical hernia in children is usually about two to three centimeters in diameter, in adults, it can be more than twice the size.
For the most part, you or your child do not have the trouble of a navel hernia, but sometimes it can be tender.
A pinched hernia is often hard and hurts. You may also feel sick and vomit.
When and where should I seek care?
If you think you have an umbilical hernia, contact a health care provider. You can contact many receptions by logging in.
If you think you have a pinched navel hernia that cannot be pushed back, contact a health care center or an on-call reception immediately. If closed, seek medical attention at an emergency room.
Call medical help for advice. Then you can get help to assess symptoms of an umbilical hernia or help with where you can seek care.
Treatment of umbilical hernia
Children under the age of four are not usually operated on as the umbilical hernia usually disappears without treatment.
In adults, the umbilical hernia can be brought back towards the navel if it causes discomfort. You can bring the umbilical hernia back by pushing it lightly, towards the stomach.
Fractures that cause a lot of trouble in adults may need surgery.
A pinched hernia is always operated. The umbilical hernia can be pushed back temporarily, but it can hurt.