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Hernia Child: Frequently Asked Questions

This Hernia Child FAQ is a listing of the most frequently asked questions about Hernia Child. A great place to start getting answers to all your basic Hernia Child questions.

How do I know if my child has a hernia?

A hernia usually appears as a swelling in the groin. This swelling gets more prominent and larger whenever the child cries or strains. It is usually painless. Occasionally, the intestine gets stuck and cannot return to the abdomen. When this happens, the child gets pain and vomiting. The hernia now appears tense and is painful. This is an emergency and you should consult a doctor immediately.

Can a child have both Hernia and a Hydrocele ?

Yes they can. Normally the testis develops inside the abdomen. Just before delivery of the baby, the testis comes down into the scrotum. For this to happen, there exists a connection between the abdomen and the scrotum known as the processus vaginalis. This connection usually closes off around the time of birth. In some children, it remains open. Intestines can then move into the connection and appear as a hernia. If the opening of the processus vaginalis is very small it does not permit the intestine to come thorough. ...

How do I know if my child has a hydrocele or hernia?

A parent usually notices a hydrocele or hernia by detecting a bulge or swelling in the scrotum or above this in the groin. If this bulge gets bigger and smaller, it suggests that the opening is big enough to permit free flow of the fluid in and out of the tunica vaginalis. Girls can also get hernias and the bulge or swelling will be noted along the outside of the vagina in the labia.

MY CHILD HAS A HERNIA. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT ?

Paediatric hernia must never be ignored. Things happen much faster in children and delay in treating a child’s hernia that may NEED treatment could cause harm now and damage the child’s development, in adults.

My child is scheduled for an outpatient hernia repair. How long will she take to recover from her surgery? How do I take care of the incision?

Most children recover from outpatient procedures like a hernia repair in a remarkably short time, often just a day or two. We are experienced in making our surgical dressings "child-proof," and most don't require any special attention from parents--either we will remove it at your follow-up visit or it will fall off by itself. We usually use absorbable stitches, so generally there are no stitches to remove either. In general, you don't need to restrict your child's activities after hernia surgery. ...
Most children recover from outpatient procedures like a hernia repair in a remarkably short time, often just a day or two. We are experienced in making our surgical dressings "child-proof," and most don't require any special attention from parents -- either we will remove it at your follow-up visit or it will fall off by itself. We usually use absorbable stitches, so usually there are no stitches to remove either. In general, you don't need to restrict your child's activities after hernia surgery. ...
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