Your child may have some pain around his or her belly button
(navel) and need pain medicine for several days after surgery. The area around
your child's navel may be swollen for several weeks.
your child will no longer have a hernia. He or she will no longer have a bulge
around the navel.
Most children are back to many of their normal
activities 1 or 2 days after surgery. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks for the cut
the doctor made (incision) to heal. The incision will leave a small scar that
will fade with time. If the hernia was large, there may be some loose skin
around your child's navel. This usually shrinks and becomes less noticeable as
your child grows.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about
how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a
different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines
your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example,
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be
sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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