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What are the symptoms of an umbilical hernia?

A symptom of a significant umbilical hernia is a recurrent bulge around the umbilicus. This is caused by the abdominal contents "herniating" through a defect in the connective tissue that keeps abdominal contents and organs withing the abdominal cavity. Concerning symptoms from any hernia are unrelenting abdominal pain and the inability to push the contents of the hernia back into the abdominal cavity. This indicates a possible hernia strangulation, which must be evaluated by a doctor promptly.

The most common symptom of umbilical hernia in babies is a bulging in their belly button. Usually, the bulging can be easily pushed back into the abdomen, but then pops out again. This is usually fat from within the abdomen protruding through the hole.

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