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, cause no pain or other symptoms and go away by themselves. This may take up to about 5 years. If your child still has an umbilical hernia at age 4 or 5, 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 in the United States will have an umbilical hernia.

Umbilical Hernia at Seattle Children’s

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

Read more about expert treatment for umbilical hernia at Seattle Children’s.

Contact Us

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