Common Hernia in kids

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Hernia in kids in quite common. Here's my story and what you can do if your child is diagnosed with hernia.

Have you ever heard about hernia in kids? Here’s my story. My son was hardly a year old then. One day, just as we came home, he started to cry profusely. I checked to see if he was hurt. I tried to calm him but to no avail. When I removed his diaper, I was alarmed to see a swelling just at the left side of his groin. We instantly rushed him to his physician.

After examining him, the doctor told us it was, ‘Inguinal Hernia’. The doctor gently pushed the swelling in till it was gone. My son relaxed as his pain eased. When asked for more information about the condition, the physician said, “It might occur again. We may have to operate him sooner or later”.

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My husband and I were both upset. Surgery for an 8 month old baby! The physician then sent us to the paediatric surgeon who reassured us by providing an in-depth explanation about this condition.

We were not aware that there are two common hernias that only affect kids aged 5 years and below which develop in the first few months after the baby is born.

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Armed with all this information, we decided to go ahead with our son’s surgery. After successful surgery on the left side we were informed about chances of an inguinal hernia on the right side too. It did occur 6 months later for which he was operated again. He is completely fine now.

I later realized that couple of my friends’ kids had suffered through this problem too. One friend’s baby had a similar operation as young as 4 months. Recently one of my pals was blessed with twin sons. I noticed one of them had a blown up belly button just like a small balloon. This is the other type of hernia known as umbilical hernia. To cut to the point, hernias are very common in kids.

Below is the information I gathered during my son’s ordeal, for those parents who have no clue about kids hernias. It could save you a lot of worry by clearing doubts.

Go to the next page for more information on hernias .

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