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Newborn Umbilical Hernia - gone in a month thanks to special plasters

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laraoxy Sat 31-Jan-15 21:35:54

Hey,

I have a 3 mths old girl who was born with belly button hernia approx. 1,5cm in diameter.
I have heard from a friend of a friend that there are plasters designed specifically for newborn umbilical hernia (produced in Germany?) and widely available in pharmacies in Germany and Poland. I had a friend who was going to Poland for Xmas and they bought me those (around £1.50 for one plaster). We started using them on the 7th of Jan. They are not cheap but totally worth the money!!!!
Just three days ago (Jan 28th) after not even a month of using them we discovered that hernia has popped back in (and does not seem to reappear when the baby is crying, sleeping without the plaster !!!). We were dreading a surgery so we decided to try them out. They were a bit fiddly to apply at first, I must admit (our baby kicks a lot) but my husband got the knack v quickly.
It really worked so far and we we will be using them for one more month to be sure it has healed properly and the muscles are strong enough to hold the intestines inside. We have stopped applying them at night for now to let the skin breathe and force the muscle tissue to work unsupported. I thought i must share it as if not my Polish friend I would have not heard of them, the docs were only talking of surgery if it didn't go y the age of 2.

BTW I'm going to raise it with my GP. These plasters should be available widely in pharmacies in UK too. Application method is typed in English so I guess they should be prescribed to spare babies from surgeries. In the end, the cost of a surgery to NHS must be bigger than the cost of a couple of months of therapy....

laraoxy Sat 31-Jan-15 21:41:08

Sorry, forgot to add the pic showing how they work!

toddlewaddleflipflop Sat 31-Jan-15 21:59:23

Hmmm... My DD's umbilical hernia disappeared at about 4 months all by itself. We were told they mostly do, though some need the surgery.

FlyingRincewind Sat 31-Jan-15 22:04:36

My niece had an umbilical hernia that disappeared around the 2/3 month mark. My sister was told by the dr that they generally disappear by themselves and are nothing to worry about other than looking a bit scary

laraoxy Sat 31-Jan-15 22:52:16

oh, I felt for the last 3 days like I had discovered a Holy Graal....hard to believe though it was just a natural healing since only before xmas I was told by a nurse it was quite a large hernia, which prompted my search for sth to avoid the surgery...nevertheles, whatever it was I'm happy it's gone, hopefully 4 good!

Cakealicious Sun 01-Feb-15 10:01:34

Yup, my DS's went by itself too. He's 5 months now and no sign of it.

feesh Sun 01-Feb-15 10:03:14

My son's went within weeks too. I think they're pretty common and nothing to worry about unless they persist over 12 months.

WiIdfire Sun 01-Feb-15 10:08:07

Hate to say it but the majority disappear on their own anyway. Rare to end up needing surgery.

Trufflethewuffle Sun 01-Feb-15 18:48:43

My son needed surgery to correct his and we were told that most heal on their own. His was about the size of one of his feet at the time so no amount of plaster dressing would have helped.

I should imagine that the ones that are "helped" by plasters would have healed on their own anyway.

Akeisha Tue 26-Jan-16 22:03:42

Hello my DD has an umbilical hernia and I too was told it would heal itself but it just seems to stay the same. She is now 4 months old and I would rather avoid surgery if it does not heal naturally. Where can I get the plasters paradox?

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