Poppy's Belly Button Is Very Odd

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Poppy is already fighting off the boys.  All she had to do was show
this one her belly button and he backed off straight away.  

I am concerned about Poppy's belly button.  The umbilical cord fell off pretty quickly after her birth, and that was certainly fine and according to plan.  But now her belly button is this strange convex mass that looks like a tiny mesa emerging from her stomach.  When I touch it, it feels like there's something in there.

Dr. Dreiling said that it is an 'Umbilical Hernia'.  Freaky.

Unfortunately, Poppy was crying very loudly when he was talking about it so I didn't quite catch the details....but I think that he said that it would go away eventually.  Luckily I am the proud owner of an 892 page book entitled The Complete and Authoritative Guide: Caring For Your Baby and Young Child.  Brought to you by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  They present the following prognosis for the Umbilical Hernia: '...-a small hole in the muscular part of the abdominal wall that allows tissue to bulge out when there's pressure inside the abdomen.  This is not a serious condition, and it usually heals by itself in the first 12 to 18 months.  In the unlikely event that it doesn't heal, the hole may need to be surgically closed.'

When people see it they immediately proclaim that she will be/is and outie.  I certainly hope not.

the questionable belly button