What is an Umbilical Hernia?
An umbilical hernia is a defect, or a hole, at the “belly button” through which organs/fat that should be within the abdomen can push through.
There is an opening where the umbilical cord passes from our mothers into the abdominal wall which should close soon after birth.
If this area does not close, a hernia is present and sometimes can cause problems.
At other times, the area does close soon after birth but over time with coughing, sneezing, heavy lifting, etc. that area can re-open and a hernia is formed.
Umbilical hernias in adults are most often repaired with surgery.
Umbilical hernias in children often resolve on their own by age 4 or 5, but should be evaluated by a physician as some are repaired sooner.