Digestive System Conditions
A hernia is a weak spot or tear in the muscles of the abdomen. This opening allows the internal organs, fatty tissue, and bowels to protrude through the opening. A child born with a hernia may have a bulging area in the groin or abdomen that worsens with crying.
Some infants are born with an umbilical hernia. This occurs when the abdominal wall does not form properly around the belly button. This area usually closes on its own by age five. This type of hernia does not cause discomfort and usually poses no health risk for the child.
Inguinal hernias occur in the lower portion of the abdomen and appear as bulges in the groin area. These hernias are potentially dangerous, as it is easy for internal organs to become trapped and lose their blood supply. Hernias in the groin require immediate treatment by a physician.