(Hernia, Groin—Child; Hernia, Inguinal—Child; Inguinal Hernia—Child)
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- A large inguinal canal
- A weakened area in the lower abdominal muscles
- Birth defect that affects the abdominal wall
- Family history of groin hernias
- Premature birth
- Open inguinal canal
- Chronic respiratory condition
- A previous hernia on other side
- Severe pain in the groin or abdomen
- Rapid heart beat
- Abdominal swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Open surgery—An incision is made over the area so the doctor has access to the tissue. May be needed if there are complications.
- Laparoscopic surgery—Small incisions are made so specialized tools can be used to make the repairs.
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics https://healthychildren.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Groin hernia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 5, 2012. Accessed June 24, 2013.
Hernia (umbilical or inguinal) in children. Boston Children's Hospital website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/hernia-umbilical-or-inguinal. Accessed June 24, 2013.
Inguinal hernia. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/i/inguinal-hernia. Updated December 20, 2010. Accessed June 24, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/03/2013 -