Digestive and Gastrointestinal Conditions

Umbilical Hernia Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Umbilical Hernia

The main symptom of an umbilical hernia is a bulge at your child’s belly button. You may see the bulge more easily when your child sits up, cries or strains. It may flatten out when your child lies back.

Most children have no pain or other problems from umbilical hernias.

In very rare cases, the intestine gets trapped (incarcerated) in the hole at the belly button, and it may become blocked or cut off from blood. If this happens, your child may have:

  • Pain in the belly, mainly around the belly button
  • Swelling or discoloration at site of the hernia
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

If your child has these symptoms, call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room. Your child may need emergency surgery.

Teens and adults are more likely to get an incarcerated umbilical hernia, with belly fat or intestine trapped in the hole.

Umbilical Hernia Diagnosis

Doctors can diagnose an umbilical hernia by examining your child. Your child probably will not need any tests or other procedures to diagnose the condition.

Contact Us

If you have questions about umbilical hernia treatment, call our General and Thoracic Surgery Department at 206-987-2794, extension 4.