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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes the belly button to swell?

2 year old boy has a swollen belly button , theirs a red ring about 1.5 in around it , and then closer inward it looks more purple. the belly botton is swollen shut . he also had little red-purple spot looking rash on his ear and neck , gave him benadrail , which cleared the rash but didn t do anything for his belly button , and dont know what to do , brought him to the ER and they said it could be lime , made an aptm with his doctor
Fri, 27 Mar 2015
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
Hi...a swollen belly button that is showing signs of discoloration could be an obstructed umbilical hernia.

I do not think this infection or Lyme's disease. He needs a surgical opinion and an ultrasound abdomen.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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