Iguinal Hernia

Discussion in 'The First Year' started by sara b, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. sara b

    sara b Well-Known Member

    Anyone here experience a hernia in their small babies?
  2. j_and_j_twins

    j_and_j_twins Well-Known Member

    my daughter has one (she's four though), she's having surgery 20th September. They say she's probably had it from being born.

    From wot I can gather they don't usually heal on their own u have to get it fixed.

    Hope ur girls are ok

  3. NINI H

    NINI H Well-Known Member

    A few days after their 1st month appt, Jesse developed a umbilical hernia. I haven't seen the Dr yet to talk to them about it. But when he cries it gets pretty large. Joshua doesn't have one, but is the bigger twin. I don't really know the difference other than location of the Iguinal hernia vs an umbilical hernia. Have you seen the ped?
  4. j_and_j_twins

    j_and_j_twins Well-Known Member

  5. Mommydee

    Mommydee Well-Known Member

    DS had them on both sides. his testicles were HUGE!!!!! he had surgery about a week before christmas, he was just over 2 months old. they won't heal on their own. common in preemies. surgery was a piece of cake- i think he was out in about 40 mins. or so? because of his age, they did keep him overnight for observation, but i was able to stay with him. you can't even see the scars anymore!
    before the surgery, they would bulge if he got upset, cried, pooped- anythign with straining. if you need to get it fixed, i would jsut do it sooner than later (though it is sad to see them go to the hospital, it needs to be done!)
    good luck!
  6. Chrishelle

    Chrishelle Well-Known Member

    Nathan had to have hernia surgery when he was 3 weeks old. His intestine had actually pushed through and was incarcerated in his scrotum. Like PP said, the surgery was quick. The worst part was watching the doctor push the intestine back into place. We stayed the night and the next morning they got him in for surgery. They saw that he had a double hernia when they got in there and repaired each of them. He did well after the surgery and didn't have to stay the night. They let us go once he ate and peed. After the surgery he was allergic to the sutures they used and he developed sores on his incisions. Just yesterday he had another surgery to have them removed. He did great with that one too.
  7. Minette

    Minette Well-Known Member

    Amy had one and had surgery at 10 weeks. It is less common in girls but it can happen. I noticed it because one night I was changing her diaper (while she was screaming) and saw a lump under her skin. I took her to the ER and they said it was most likely a hernia and referred me to a pediatric hernia surgeon. He confirmed that it was a hernia and what I had seen was her ovary popping through it. It would pop in & out (mostly it came out when she was screaming).

    He said I could wait till she was a little older to have it fixed, but until it was fixed there would be a risk that it would get stuck (incarcerated) and blood supply could get cut off -- if that happens, it's an emergency surgery. So we just went ahead and had it fixed.

    It was really easy -- the worst part was not being able to feed her for 6 hours before surgery! The surgery took about two hours and then we had to stay in recovery for another hour or two until she woke up enough to take a bottle. They had told us to be prepared to spend the night, but after the surgery the anesthesiologist told me she had done really well and he was confident letting us go home. She slept most of the afternoon, then seemed fine that evening and slept normally that night. The doctor told us to check on her every few hours to make sure her breathing was normal (which, of course, totally stressed me out!) but it always was. We gave her Tylenol every 4 hours for the next 24 hours and she never even seemed to notice any pain.

    Now I can only see the scar when she arches her back, and it's really faint. HTH.
  8. sara b

    sara b Well-Known Member

    TY. I have ant appt for Sept 6th with the specialist for both my girls. I just find it interesting that they got it on the same side. hmmmm identical all the way.
  9. Utopia122

    Utopia122 Well-Known Member

    My Sarah had an umbilical hernia. Her belly button stuck out and was as big as a thumb. We were very worried that she would require surgery. It didn't heal until she began developing her stomach muscles through crawling and standing. Now she has the cutest little belly button.
  10. tbrtwins

    tbrtwins Active Member

    My DS had one at 2 months old just on one side. He was miserable the couple of weeks before. He would have these huge crying fits and we couldn't find out why. Then one day...we saw it. They did the surgery the next day. I had to stay in the hospital overnight with him just so they could watch him and make sure his breathing was okay. He was a preemie. It has been great ever since. It healed well and he had no more fits afterwards. It was difficult to think about him going under the knife but it was pretty quick and he did fine. Good luck!
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