What is it?

A small bulge in the groin may be an inguinal hernia. These occur quite commonly in children, and usually result from a weakness in the peritoneum, which divides the abdomen from the scrotum. The intestine push through the gap and this causes the bulge. In severe cases the intestines can be trapped or twisted in the area where the hernia is.

What to do

The doctor will diagnose a hernia, and may recommend surgery to repair the gap and prevent the intestine from slipping through the gap.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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