Hernia
This occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue.
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Hernia

This occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

Symptoms:

  • A soft swelling around the the navel or just above the groin crease or in the scrotum.
  • It may not be present in the morning but appear later in the day.
  • It may get bigger if your child cries or tenses her muscles.

Seriousness:

  • A mild umbilical hernia is not serious, but if the hernia is painful or tender your child will be admitted to hospital.
  • A groin hernia in a boy may become strangulated and will need to be repaired.

Treatment:

  • A minor operation may be necessary to correct it.

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