Your child has an
inguinal hernia that cannot be pushed back into the
abdomen with gentle pressure.
You or your child has an inguinal
hernia and symptoms of
strangulation, such as nausea, vomiting, fever,
tenderness, and severe cramping pain in the
groin area. These symptoms mean that the intestine
has lost blood supply.
Your infant has a definite lump in the groin
You or your child has a tender bulge in the groin or
scrotum, even if the bulge disappears when lying
You or your child has increasing groin discomfort or pain.
The discomfort may be increased by bending or lifting and may extend into the
Talk with your doctor before wearing a corset or
truss for a hernia. These devices are not recommended
for treating hernias and sometimes can do more harm than good.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition but you do not
receive medical treatment. If you are not sure whether you have groin muscle
strain or a hernia, watchful waiting with home treatment for 1 to 2 weeks is
appropriate. If you have pain that is increasing or severe, an obvious lump, or
evidence of bowel blockage or urinary symptoms, call your doctor for an
Watchful waiting is not
appropriate for infants and children who have inguinal hernias.
You and your doctor can decide whether you should have surgery to fix
your hernia or if you can wait. If your hernia does not bother you, you can
probably wait to have surgery.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose an inguinal