Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
137 Doctors are Online

Painful navel. Flu bug is common in the location. Is it umbilical hernia?

My 8 year-old son has complained for the 2nd time in 2 weeks (about 5 days apart) of a sharp pain inside his navel, that lasted about 15 minutes each time. His temperature is normal and his color is good. He does not have pain anywhere else. He hasn t been effected by the flu-bug that is widespread here in the far southern area of the Northeast. My fiirst inclination was possible umbilical hernia . I ve heard other parents talk about it.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  22
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Pediatrician 's  Response

Thank you for your query.

This is certainly not umblical hernia. Hernia mean protrusion of the intestines through one of the openings in the abdominal cavity. Had it been umbilical hernia you would have noticed a bulge which disappears on pressing and protrudes on coughing.

Pain in the navel area can be due to a number of reasons. The most common cause is contractions of the small intestines. If the pain persists it is advisable to get your son examined by his doctor.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son all the best.


Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor