Inguinal Hernia, Child

An inguinal hernia is when tissue pushes through a weak area in the groin muscle. The only treatment is surgery.

HOME CARE

  • Do not try to force the bulge back in.

  • Make and keep the surgery appointment.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • Your child's belly (abdominal) pain gets worse.

  • Your child begins throwing up (vomiting).

  • The hernia looks discolored, feels hard, or is tender.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.