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Old 06-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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"Cosmetic surgery" for kids

My daughter, just turned 4, was born with a herniated belly button. It sticks out about an inch (at most) and does not bother her at all, other than when Mommy is checking it to see if it hurts her (it doesn't, she just gets annoyed at me, lol).

My mom keeps pressuring me to "get it fixed before school starts", so I made an appointment for a surgical consult (even her ped said it was a "just in case" appointment since it's not an emergency it get fixed).

I really, REALLY do NOT want to go the surgical route unless it's medically necessary. Again, my mom keeps saying things like "what if she gets it caught on something and her guts spill out?!" (yes, she said this in front of both my children >.<).

As far s I'm concerned, it's cosmetic. It's not hurting her, and I'm sure she has more of a chance some kid ripping out part of her hair than her belly getting ripped off.

What are your thoughts? Would you leave it be or get it fixed?

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Old 06-11-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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Re: "Cosmetic surgery" for kids

I tend to go with if it doesn't bother/hurt her leave it alone.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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I tend to go with if it doesn't bother/hurt her leave it alone.
Yup.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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I'd leave it alone.

The top part of my ear is folded over by about 3/4"-1". Yes, I got teased in school but that's jerk parents raising kids to be mean so you can't escape that regardless. Now, it doesn't really bother me. Occasionally I will feel a little bit of pain in that ear if I lay on it but nothing excessive.

Something not visible that doesn't hurt her and doesn't pose a risk? Eh...
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Unless there are medical implications or pain, I would leave it alone. She can always have it "fixed" if it bothers her as an adult.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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Re: "Cosmetic surgery" for kids

I agree if it is not bothering her, why does it bother grandma so much.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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I agree if it is not bothering her, why does it bother grandma so much.
TOTALLY agree. Grandma needs to get over it. My son had the same thing. Now he's 11 and it barely sticks out at all. When he was a baby it was bigger than a golf ball.
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agree with all the pps. If it doesn't hurt her and doesn't bother her, leave it alone. Chances are no one will even notice it at school. My nephew has one on his neck that is quite large. My brother and SIL are putting off surgery as long as they possibly can, hoping it goes away on its own. (the Drs said it would likely be gone by the time he was 2. He is 2.5 and it hasn't even shrunk)
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I would not get it fixed. Opinions on circumcision aside, people here are always saying that getting cosmetic surgery should be the child's decision.

So if it counts for circumcision, it counts for any other surgery of that nature.

Maybe she will someday feel special having an 'outie' it's her choice.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #10
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I would leave it alone, if it bothers her later on, she can get it "fixed" then. Chances are, the kids at school won't even notice!
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