When the baby is born, the umbilical cord will be cut and leave only a small part. The remaining part will later fall off on its own in about 3 weeks after birth, then form the navel.
Most people have a navel shape with a concave inward. However, not a few also have an outward navel or we are more familiar with the term bodong. Although this condition is normal and not bothersome, you still need to pay attention to the following things to treat a bulging belly button in children.
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Causes of a Big Navel in Babies
There is no definite reason for the condition of a bulging belly button in babies. However, the following 2 things can be a possible cause of a bulging belly button in babies.
1. Umbilical hernia
An umbilical hernia can be one of the main reasons why a baby’s belly button protrudes more. An umbilical hernia occurs when the hole in the baby’s abdominal muscles fails to close completely or doesn’t fuse properly.
As a result, part of the intestine protrudes outward through the opening in the abdominal muscles. The intestines or other tissues of the abdominal cavity will also protrude through the weak point of the navel. The bulge will be more visible when the baby cries. Umbilical hernias occur mostly in infants and are generally painless.
Some umbilical hernias can close on their own by the time the baby is 2 years old. However, if the baby still has a bulging belly button and experiences some of the following symptoms of an umbilical hernia, be aware of the possibility of an infection that must be treated immediately. Some of these symptoms include:
– Swelling around the navel.
– High fever.
– Often cries because of pain around the navel.
– Discoloration around the hernia.
2. Umbilical granuloma
Umbilical granulomas are small growths of tissue in the belly button that appear a few weeks after the umbilical cord is cut and the stump detaches. Generally, this condition will be accompanied by a red lump covered with yellow liquid.
You don’t need to worry because this condition will not bother the baby and will go away on its own in 1 or 2 weeks. However, if it does not improve and signs of infection appear, then medical treatment must be done immediately. In the case of umbilical granuloma infection, the baby may develop fever or skin irritation.
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Signs of a Stupid Navel Infection
As mentioned earlier, a bulging belly button is actually not a serious problem. But if the condition of a bulging belly button is accompanied by the following signs, you need to be aware of the possibility of infection!
– Pain around the navel area.
– Yellow or white pus coming out of the belly button.
– The base of the navel is red and swollen.
Baby Navel Care Tips
Caring for the baby’s navel, whether it’s nudity or not, must be done properly to prevent possible infection and irritation. Therefore, you must ensure that the baby’s umbilical cord is always clean and dry until it’s time for it to come off.
For baby navel care, here are some tips you can do:
– When bathing your little one, use mild soap and a little water to clean the navel area. However, be sure to consult with your doctor first regarding the use of soap on baby’s skin.
– Dry the baby’s navel area thoroughly after bathing the little one.
– Make sure that the circulation in the navel area remains good.
A bulging belly button in babies is completely normal, so you don’t have to worry too much about it. The most important thing is to always keep it clean and keep the baby’s navel dry. (US)
Also read: Bodong Navel when Pregnant? Beware of Umbilical Hernia
Parenting First Cry. “Outie Belly Button in a Newborn – What You Must Know”.