Q. My 4 weeks old baby has inguinal hernia. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 23, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 28, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a 4 weeks old baby boy. He was healthy without any pain or colics. But yesterday I noticed a swelling in his inguinal area, I went to the hospital, and the doctor said he had left inguinal hernia. But it is not bad. The problem is he is not taking feed regularly, and when I try to feed him, he wants to eat only when he is hungry. But he cries. He vomits four to five times or even more after feeding and also has a lot of hiccups. I feed him in the upright position. His stomach looks like a balloon, and he is having a problem to excrete. Can it be a reflux or lactose intolerance? I told the doctor, but he said it is normal. It does not seem to be normal because the baby is uncomfortable and always arch his back, and he is always grunting as he wants to excrete.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

From the way that you are describing, it looks like this is your first baby. Please note that the weight of your baby is perfect, and all the phenomena that you described are completely normal at this age group.

But the hernia is definitely a concern. It is probably because of this hernia the child may wriggle about and have occasional pain and colic. I hope that the doctors have explained and showed you how to reduce the hernia. Please be advised that this hernia would require a regular follow for six months to see if a surgery is required to close the hernia. Do not worry, it is a minor surgery.

Normal phenomenon in children up to age of 6 months: occasional cough and sneezing but child is able to feed well, sleeping in the day and staying awake at night, passing gas like a big person, hiccups, occasional small bouts of vomiting but the child is gaining weight, passing stools 10 times a day or once in 2 days.

The abnormal phenomenon in children: lethargy, refusal to feed completely, abdominal distention with multiple episodes of large vomiting and not passing stools at all, convulsion, passing blood in stools or completely white or lemon yellow stools.

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
My newborn passes loose stool during or immediately after breastfeeding. Is this condition normal?

Hello doctor, My new born baby passes loose stools during breastfeeding or just after breastfeeding for the past three to four days ... breastfeeding is recommended...   Read full

I am having pain after inguinal hernia and hydocele operation. Please help.

During the operation, I had a repair of left side inguinal hernia and right hand hydrocele ... Well, ideally if you have bilateral inguinal he...   Read full

My 9 months old baby is addicted to thumb sucking. How to break the habit?

The habit of thumb sucking by the babies is related to probably lack of breastfeeding, and sometimes it is seen as habitual sucking ...   Read full


This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

What Is Epilepsy Or Seizure Disorder?
We all are familiar with the term epilepsy, and always associate it with fits or seizures. But, there is more to it. So,...  Read more»
Can viral fever lead to Parkinson's disease?
Hello doctor,I had a viral fever six years back. I had a very high temperature of 105, bad cough, also hallucinations. I...  Read more»
Parkinson's Disease: Historical Aspects and Current Treatment Approaches
This article discusses the historical aspects of Parkinsonism and, the evidence based approaches currently available for...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Paediatric Surgeon Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.