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Question: Bulging Belly Button

 testacct - Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:34 pm

Starting at about 18 months our daughter's belly button started bulging. Her belly button up to this point has always seemed perfectly normal. Our docter, after looking at it, said he doesn't feel a hernia, but he doesn't know why it would all of a sudden start bulging like that. It's more apparent when she is standing or sitting as opposed to lying down. Any ideas???
 Dr. L. Chu Go - Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:07 am

Hello testacct,

may i ask how old is your daughter now? it is common in the pediatric age group, usually children below 5 to have a protuding belly button, its because the abdominal muscles in that area are somehow weak but as the child grows, the muscles also develops/becomes stronger thereby pushing the bulge of intestine inward. If however, the bulge is still there, it is advisable to see your surgeon for consult and proper management.


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