What You Need To Know About Inguinal Hernias In Newborns


An Inguinal Hernias normally presents itself as a soft lump protruding on the skin of a newborn. Underneath the skin, the swell is usually a lump of fat or bowel matter dislodged through an opening of muscle walls. Here are some more facts about this rare lump you should know about.

Who Gets It?

Male infants are more likely to get the condition compared to females. The inguinal hernias will present itself around the groin region and may also extend to the scrotum. Babies born prematurely, whether male or female, may also be pre-disposed to the condition.

Newborns with urological issues like undescended testicles or come from a family with a history of the condition are likely to develop the condition. Though inguinal hernias may occur in females, such cases are a rarity.

Types of Hernia

Hernias in newborns are mainly of two types; the reducible and irreducible hernias. The condition is reducible if the hernia can move freely out of the affected area; such a hernia is considered harmless by medical practitioners. On the other hand, the irreducible condition is when the hernia gets trapped between muscle walls and cannot move freely. A hernia of this nature poses the threat of blocking blood flow.


Hernias in newborns start developing from birth and will become visible within the first year of the baby’s life. It will be a visible swelling around the groin or scrotum when the baby is straining, crying or coughing. The baby may experience discomfort sometime but the condition is totally painless. The swell will disappear when the baby is relaxed or when lying flat on a surface.

Severe symptoms will only occur when the inguinal hernias is irreducible or incarcerated. In such a case, the baby will appear abnormally ill with bouts of nausea, vomiting, extreme groin pains, fever or bloating. The swelling may also appear dark or red in color.


The reducible hernia is normally harmless but surgical procedure may be required in the case of an irreducible hernias.

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3 responses to “What You Need To Know About Inguinal Hernias In Newborns”

  1. ghoffer says :

    I was one of those rare females who had one. Still have my scars from surgery.

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