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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.
After surgery 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, like walking or playing with toys, 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 as possible.
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 if:
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: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery
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