Health Tip: Hernias in Children

Signs to watch for

(HealthDay News) -- A hernia is a bulge caused by tissue that protrudes through a weak spot in a muscle wall, where it doesn't belong. While hernias are more common in adults, they can also occur in children.

Here are signs that your child may have a hernia, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • A bulge that appears when your child is straining, coughing, crying or standing, and disappears when sleeping or resting.
  • A bulge that is always visible.
  • Swelling or discoloration of the groin or abdomen.
  • A bulge in the groin that is swollen, red, inflamed and causing your child extreme pain.
  • A combination of symptoms including irritability, pain, constipation, fever or vomiting.
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