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What is the recommended treatment for an umbilical hernia?

Umbilical hernias often heal themselves.

The recommended treatment for an umbilical hernia in children less than 3 years of age is observation. This is safe as long as the child is not having any episodes of incarceration or any symptoms related to the umbilical hernia. If the umbilical hernia persists after 3 years of age, or presents after 3 years of age, surgical repair is recommended to avoid complications related to the hernia such as incarceration.

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