Umbilical Hernias

Umbilical hernias are very common and cause the umbilical area to push outward, especially when a baby cries.

Hernias like this occur because of a temporary hole or weakness in the muscular part of the abdominal wall.

These hernias nearly always self-resolve in the first 12-18 months.

Do not follow advice to tape the area or put a coin over it. This does not help and may be harmful. In rare cases, an umbilical hernia won’t self-resolve and your pediatrician will work with you to correct it.

Share this article:



Help at Your Fingertips

Access this health library and much more, from anywhere with our free app for parents of newborns.



Stay connected to your children’s health:

Want pediatric news, kid-friendly recipes and parenting tips?
Sign up for our patient parent newsletter:

Other great ways to connect: