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She had the cutest little innie belly button since she was born. Now, at 15 motnhs old, over the last week it seems to have metamorpasized into kinda of an outie. Now, she hasn't gained any weight. In fact, I just found out yesterday she's in the 5th percentile for weight. I forgot to ask the ped about the outie thing (pregnancy brain has taken over). Does anyone know what could have caused this? Has anyone heard of this happening?
 

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hernia? Its pretty common... but more for newborns... sorry its not a great help<br><br>
though the doc would have said something too<br><br>
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Annabelle recently developped one; it's called a belly button hernia. It has to be pretty severe for an operation.<br><br>
You can search umbilical hernia.<br><br><br>
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But it's just <i>barely</i> poking out, and only when she's standing up. Would it definitely be one? It was my first thought, but why now??
 

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My daughter's herniated belly button was not really apparent until she was over a year. It is pretty small and is really only noticable when she is standing up.
 

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their ab muscles aren't super strong - that takes until age 3-4.<br><br>
any severe illness (think bad stomach flu) or mild injury can distend the muscles and distend the belly button.<br><br>
it may also stick out more when standing, after full, or when throwing a fit.<br><br>
but if it is really mild, you don't need to worry about it. just let ped keep an eye on it.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">their ab muscles aren't super strong - that takes until age 3-4.<br><br>
any severe illness (think bad stomach flu) or mild injury can distend the muscles and distend the belly button.<br><br>
it may also stick out more when standing, after full, or when throwing a fit.<br><br>
but if it is really mild, you don't need to worry about it. just let ped keep an eye on it.<br><br>
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This was very helpful, thanks. When you say that a severe illness or injury can distend the muscles & thereby distend the belly button, is this temporary, or is it indeed the hernia that others were referring to? TIA.
 

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I really think the only way you are going to know for sure if it is an umbilical hernia is to have the ped take a look at the next visit. Given your child's age and the slightness of the possible hernation, there is really no cause for concern at this point.<br><br>
If the herniation is less than 1cm it is very unlikey to ever need surgery at all. Even if surgery was needed, doctors generally will not do it until the age of 4 or 5 in order to give the herniation a chance to heal on its own.<br><br>
In my dd's case, the herniation is so slight, I don't even know if her ped was going to mention it until I asked about it. Maybe he thought I already knew. Anyway, he assured me it was nothing to worry about, at least not for now.<br><br>
You may have already seen this, but <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/umbilical-hernia/DS00655/DSECTION=1" target="_blank">here</a> is some good info from the Mayo Clinic.
 

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My 21-month old DD had the same thing happen last week after a bout with a deep chest cold and some vomiting (from her sinuses draining down her throat). It already looks better after just a few days. HTH.
 

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This happened to us, too, and we were pretty alarmed because he said it hurt him there. That's how I noticed it was popped out.<br><br>
I called our family clinic and they gave us an appointment. The doc said not to worry because when he pressed on the bb, it didn't hurt him, so it wasn't infected or a hernia.<br><br>
You should probably have it checked out, but if she's not complaining of any pain, it's probably not an emergency situation.
 

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Wait a sec here - can't some people just have outies? My dd had an innie until about 14-15 month and now most of the time it's an outie. When I asked the ped. at 15 months if it was likely to stay an outie sh said yes, but didn't mention a hernia.<br><br>
Is it always a hernia if you have an outie?<br><br>
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I'm not sure if it's always a hernia. But it can take a couple of years for the abdominal muscles to strengthen enough to "hold the belly button in", per say, meaning it could take Annabelle until she's 3-4 for her hernia to heal.<br><br>
Apparently, the outie is more concerning at a young age because if it develops into a severe hernia the intestines can get trapped in the hernia - that's when the kiddo gets surgery.<br><br>
But the hernia can be temporary OR it can take a while to heal, the aforementioned 1-2 years.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wait a sec here - can't some people just have outies? My dd had an innie until about 14-15 month and now most of the time it's an outie. When I asked the ped. at 15 months if it was likely to stay an outie sh said yes, but didn't mention a hernia.<br><br>
Is it always a hernia if you have an outie?<br><br>
- Sarah</div>
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An umbilical hernia is completely different from an outie belly button. An umbilical hernia is caused by the incomplete closure of the abdominal muscles through which the umbilical blood vessels passed. Abdominal tissue actually pokes through which can give the appearance of an outie. However, once the muscles heal or sugery is performed, the belly button could go back to being an innie.<br><br>
A regular outie belly button is simply cause by the way the skin healed where the umbilical cord was. Once an outie, always an outie. It's not a problem at all.<br><br>
HTH.
 
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