Common Newborn Ailments

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is caused by a small hole in the abdominal wall that allows tissue to bulge out when there's pressure inside the abdomen (when a baby cries or strains, for example). Signs: Your baby's umbilical cord seems to push outward when he cries. Treatment: Most umbilical hernias heal themselves in the first 12 to 18 months. If your child's hernia doesn't heal by the time he enters school, your pediatrician may suggest minor surgery.

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