As a young child, whenever I saw girls or guys my age with a belly button bulge, those big kinds I usually call dodo,...
As a young child, whenever I saw girls or guys my age with a belly button bulge, those big kinds I usually call dodo, I’d stare at them like they are from outer space.
Here’s what we should know about the belly button bulge “dodo”. First off, it is called an umbilical hernia.
The umbilical cord is a strong, flexible pipeline. It carries a mother’s lifeblood to her child, and anything that might harm the child is removed by her mother .The umbilical ring is a small hole (about 1/2 inch in diameter) through which the umbilical cord passes into the belly. Usually, after the umbilical cord is cut and the stump begins to wither and fall off, the umbilical ring closes and the linea alba becomes a smooth, unbroken band.
If the umbilical ring is still open, the child has an umbilical hernia. The belly button “pooches” out, and gets bigger if the baby is crying or straining. Sometimes it looks almost like a balloon. When the baby is relaxed, this balloon can be gently pushed back into the belly — only to reemerge a few minutes later.
It is not associated with pain and is not contagious. It really isn’t anything to worry about because it eventually closes up, for some at about the age of 1 year, some others school age and some others further.
But if you as a parent cannot be patient and need your baby girls to start rocking them crop tops already, then there are surgical procedures available.