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Herniated belly button, constipated, bright red face while passing motion, pain, danger to hernia ?

hi, I ve just been told me 8 week old daughter has a herniated belly button and not to worry about it. She often seems to be pushing, but never seems to be constipated. However, her face goes bright red and she looks like its painful when she s making the pushing sounds. She also cries a lot. Can either of these be danger to the hernia?
Asked On : Mon, 14 May 2012
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This is very common. Most of these will close by themselves. If is still present by age 4 or 5 then it should be repaired. Crying and pushing will increase the pressure inside the abdomen and can make the hernia larger. The larger the hernia the less dangerous it is. If the hernia becomes firm and will not push back into the belly, then you need to seek medical attention.
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