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#1 of 11 Old 12-09-2008, 01:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do docs do about them? I noticed DD had a teeny tiny one when her cord fell off and it has gotten bigger. She is now 7 weeks old and it is much bigger than it was at first.
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usually nothing. most go away by 2 yrs of age. some require surgery. ds had one that went away by 5months.
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My son had one that got bigger before it went away. The doc just kept an eye on it, but it didn't require anything more than that.

My neighbor's baby had a HUGE one. It went away without intervention.
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My DD2 had one and it's gone away for the most part, her belly button is more oblong than circular, but I don't know if I'm scrutinizing it too much (my bro says I overanalyze things sometimes). My niece had a very large one that they are now checking to see if it needs surgical repair, she just turned 2. They were told it may or may not close by age 2 and that they wouldn't do anything til she was past age 2.
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dd had a little one.
ds2 had an alarmingly large one.
Hers was gone by 9 months and his is almost gone at 10 months.
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my little sister and i both had one. they didnt go away, so we had them sugically repaired when i was 4 and she was 2. i dont remember anything about it, except the doctor drew an upside down smiley face on my bandage so when i looked down it was right side up

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My 3 year old daughter has one. Her doctor suggested we have it surgically repaired when she was 2. He said since it hadn't spontaneously resolved by that point then chances were slim that it would. While that is true, it is possible that umbilical hernias can resolve without surgery as late as 5. I'm holding out hope for that. If its still there at 5, then we will most likely have it surgically repaired.

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make sure they keep checking it! my sister had this and they didnt check it at all between the ages of 2 and 9, and she had a very difficult surgery then.
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DD had one. It got big around 8 weeks and was gone by 3.5 months. We did nothing to it. Older women in my family kept telling us to tape it down and other such nonsense, but we ignored them and she now has the cutest belly button.

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DD had one. It got big around 8 weeks and was gone by 3.5 months. We did nothing to it. Older women in my family kept telling us to tape it down and other such nonsense, but we ignored them and she now has the cutest belly button.
Yea, i remember that. dd is a dancer/phys ed geek and has a gorgeous flat belly with a cute little pierced bellybutton.

ds's hernia was big enough that i made some attempt to cover it up when he was little to avoid all the taping comments and "i'm so sorry your baby isn't perfect" comments from idiots but it's pretty unnoticeable now. It's flush with his skin when he's lying or sitting down, but it was golf ball sized when he was a teeny tiny.

I don't remember when dd's healed over, just that I'd forgotten all about it by the time she was walking and didn't think about it again until I saw a picture of it when I was worried about ds's.
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Oh ok. Thanks! That makes me feel better. I had heard they can go away on their own but I didnt think hers would since it got bigger. My Mom, MIL, and DH are basically forcing me to take her to the doc over it. I tild them there's nothing that can be done as of right now but they are all worried b/c it got bigger.

Ugh. I still have to take ehr today to give them peace of mind. I really dont feel like sitting in the peds office forever (we dont have an appointment).
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