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Infant has large belly button. Is there a hernia belt appropriate for babies?

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is there a hernia belt for new born babies my new grandson has a larg navel button. also it pushes out ony when he grunts or poops. we can hold it in when he pushes he is two months there any serious health issues we should be concerned with right know with this situation?

Posted Fri, 4 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 1 hour later
Thanks for the query
Your grandson seems to be having umbilical hernia which occurs because of defect in umbilical ring.
This ring normally closes by the time child is born but in 3% of live births this ring fails to close at the time of birth and hence the defect.
The best part is nothing to worry about it and surgical repair of the defect is rarely needed as most cases resolve by the age of 3 years.
There is no requirement of hernia belt and you should not worry about it.
Just keep on regular check with the pediatrician.
Any further information is welcome.
Wish you and your grandson best of health.
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