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When should I call my doctor after my child's surgery for umbilical hernia?

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Call your doctor right away if your child has:

  • A fever
  • Redness, swelling, or pain
  • A bulge near the navel
  • Blood or smelly fluid near the incision
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation that doesn’t get better

From: What Are Umbilical Hernias? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia.”

March of Dimes: “Low Birthweight.”

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia.”

March of Dimes: “Low Birthweight.”

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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