• Question: What causes a navel to swell in babies

    Asked by 379purple26 to Simon on 15 May 2018.
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      Simon Masha answered on 15 May 2018:

      Swelling of the baby naval also known as an umbilical hernia occurs when the abdominal wall layers don’t join completely, and the intestine or other tissues from inside the abdominal cavity bulge through the weak spot around the belly button. This is common among premature babies, and babies born at a low birth weight. Most of the time this condition self-resolves as the baby grows if it doesn’t and is causing discomfort to the baby they should be taken to a doctor. I hope this answers your question?