As parents we look to the professionals to tell us what to do but sometimes, the professionals are not always right. I have 10 children one just born last Wednesday, out of the 10, 6 have had umbilical hernias. From my very first child, I implemented what I had been taught about babies with Umbilical hernias. Doctors will tell you that an umbilical hernia should resolve on it’s own in a child. I found that not to be the case. We all have old wives tales, traditions and remedies that have been handed down by our ancestors and for me, the quarter wrap was one of them.
You have to first understand why an umbilical hernia occurs. It happens when the stomach muscles don’t join completely and the intestine and other tissues bulge. Think about this for a moment. The child has a weak muscle and we expect that what is protruding and is extroverted will invert on it’s own over time? So, a baby is strong enough to have that muscle pulled in? I’m not too sure about that but I’m also not a doctor. I’m just a dad with experience.
Early on when my eldest daughter had a hernia, I was told to take a quarter, tape it in the form of a cross and then place it over the hernia. Why you ask? The quarter is the size enough to cover and hold in the weak muscle, the tape holds the quarter to the area and keeps the muscle in. This gives the muscle time to strengthen. There is no pressure on the muscle as there is when the umbilical hernia is protruding. When it protrudes it’s pushing itself out as far as the skin will allow.
I did this with 4 of my kids on the 5th we mentioned our practice on our other children to resolve this when our son was diagnosed. My wife and I were told by the doctor that this would not help, she had never heard of it before so, against daddy advice and in going with the experts (Doctor) my wife did not do this with our 5th child. Out of the 5 only 1 needed to have the surgery. Guess which one it was? When we spoke to the doctor on follow up who had delivered several of our children she said “scientifically, it has not been proven but given how many times you’ve been through this if it worked for you, there is no harm in trying.” The surgery was heartbreaking as a parent to watch my son in pain all because I listened to the expert rather than depending on my experience. If you have a child with a hernia, try it. It won’t hurt the child and it may just avoid a surgery and resolve you from having to watch your baby in pain. The worst that can happen is the hernia doesn’t resolve and the expert performs the surgery. Listen, I’m just a dad with experience in many things. A law degree doesn’t make you an expert in negotiating and a MD doesn’t make you an expert in parenting techniques. By the way, our 6th child had an umbilical hernia, after the trouble with the 5th, my wife and I decide to go with what we know, taping in the hernia. No surgery was needed!It's your call. The tape here worked.
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