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Old 07-05-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

Okay, I'm a little curious about this. I'm pretty sure that one of my little cousin's has an outie/umbilical hernia but I was wondering what is the difference between them?

Either way, I think it's pretty darn cute and I know that they (the family that is) don't plan on having it fixed anytime soon. Also, out of curiousity, if your LO has an outie/umbilical hernia do you plan on getting it fixed or are you going to let your kid decide??

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Old 07-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #2
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

My son had an umbilical hernia but it went away before he turned 2. If it was causing any trouble we would have had it fixed.

ETA: He know just has an outie belly button.
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

DD has one, it's pretty bad. She just turned 2 and hasn't showed any incentive on healing itself. DSS had one, but it healed and is just an outie now. DH still has the 'bubble' like DD's, but no where NEAR the size of hers. (and they say it's not inherited, lol) Since hers is so big and obviously not getting smaller, we are hopefully getting it operated on soon. her pediatrician actually recommended it be done before this baby is born, which is two months. Not sure if I'm going to follow that strictly or not (my mom insists i should. But then again she insists a c-section is better for me both physically and emotionally, ugh).

If you're worried, bring it up to your cousin's parents. Ask what their pediatrician is saying about it. As long as it doesn't hurt them or turn a color, they should be fine. We're basically doing the surgery for cosmetic reasons (which makes me cringe, actually)
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

My little guy had/has? an umbilical hernia. It's not a full-time "outie"; it's an "innie" except when he cries and it pops out like a turkey timer! It has gotten steadily smaller (he's 11 months old) and we are hopeful that it will go away on its own.
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

My son had an umbilical hernia, but now only has an outie.
We are convinced that it caused him pain as an infant, and we asked my OB, GP, and his pediatrician about it. We saw a pediatric specialist at Vanderbilt about it, because we were so worried for him. Here's the difference:

Most people who you ask (doctors, nurses, etc.) will tell you that there is no real reason that some people have innies, and some have outies. It's possible that it's due to the handling or length of the umbilical cord at birth, but it's not known. It's all cosmetic.

An umbilical hernia happens when the baby's muscles are developing, the umbilical cord delivers nourishment into the body there, so the muscles remain open, but to varying degrees. Over the first few weeks of life, the muscles will go together. A hernia occurs when the intestines push out of that whole. So, when he cried, Nate's hernia got visibly bigger, due to him pushing. He was pushing more of his intestines out the hole in his muscles.

When we saw the specialist, he told us that Nate would be just fine, and that the fact that his hole was larger was a good thing. If it were smaller, the risk of entrapment is higher. But being a larger hole, there was no problem with it being able to go back inside. The only time that they do surgery before age 3-4 is in an emergency situation, where it becomes entrapped.

FWIW, as soon as we left the doctor's office that day, I swear his hernia got better. His attitude and demeanor did too. A year later, he just has an outie. And it's mostly because of all the loose skin from the stretching. I could post comparison pics if I could find them.
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

My daughter has a small hernia. She doesn't have an outtie but a piece of the top of her navel sticks out a bit when she's full and or screeching/yelling/crying. We were told it's not an issue unless it hasn't resolved by the time she's 2. Well, she's almost 2. Granted, hers is very, very small so I'm not sure what the course of action will be.
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

I'm not on the computer that has photos stored, but J had an umbilical hernia, and now has a "flattie"... it isn't in or out, just flush with his tummy. His was huge, though, and once it went back down it was basically like a deflated balloon. His id twin didn't develop a hernia, though, and his is an innie.
When I switch computers I'll show you what J's was like. You'll be shocked.
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

Now I'm curious to see some pictures of these belly buttons. Even if it is a hernia, if it's harmless I don't really see a need for surgery either. Besides, I like outies. I think they're cute :-).
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

Thanks, TCDK, very interesting!
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Re: Does your LO have an umbilical hernia/outie belly button??

My dd has an umbilical hernia. The doctor said it would probably go away but it still hasn't and she is almost 4 now. Hers does not need to be operated on. Her hernia itself is small enough to not have to worry about it causing a problem. Most people who see her think she has quite the outie. I think she will always have the hernia and an outie and that is ok.
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