Digestive and Gastrointestinal Conditions

Umbilical Hernia

What Is Umbilical Hernia?

An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges into the belly button through a weak spot or hole in the wall of the belly (abdomen). Usually this causes a small "outie" belly button. But sometimes the bulge is large.

Most umbilical hernias are harmless and go away by themselves. This may take up to about five years. If the umbilical hernia is still present when your child is 4 or 5 years old, your child's doctor will talk with you about repairing it.

Umbilical Hernia in Children

Umbilical hernia is very common in babies. About 1 in 5 babies has it.

Umbilical Hernia at Seattle Children's

We see many children with umbilical hernias each year at Seattle Children's. Our surgeons perform a large number of operations to correct this condition.

When you come to Seattle Children's, you have a team of people to care for your child before, during and after surgery. Along with your child's surgeon, you are connected with nurses, dietitians, child life specialists, social workers and others. We work together to meet all of your child's health needs and help your family through this experience.

Since 1907, Seattle Children's has been treating children only. Our team members are trained in their fields and also in meeting the unique needs of children. For example, the doctors who give your child anesthesia are board certified in pediatric anesthesiology. This means they have extra years of training in how to take care of kids. Our child life specialists know how to help children understand their illnesses and treatments in ways that make sense for their age. Our expertise in pediatrics truly makes a difference for our patients and families.