This condition results due to the descent of the bowel through a weakness in the abdominal wall.health and fitness Updated: Aug 15, 2003 18:46 IST
This condition results due to the descent of the bowel through a weakness in the abdominal wall. A swelling appears in the groin whenever the child coughs or cries and there is pain.
The swelling disappears when the child lies down. It is essential to diagnose and surgically correct inguinal hernia.
This results from improper and incomplete removal of the umblical cord at the time of birth. The umblical wound fails to heal, and there is a watery discharge from the wound. At times, pus is discharged.
There is a simple home remedy for this problem. The wound heals on application of powdered salt every night to the umblical wound site for four or five days. Alternatively, copper sulphate may also be applied to heal the wound.
Sternomastoid (Neck) Tumour
During the birth of the child, it is a common practice for doctors to apply pressure on the head and neck of the emerging child. This may sometimes produce an accumulation of blood on the neck and a swelling may develop. This swelling is noticeable within 4-5 weeks of birth.
Doctors treat this problem by giving steroid injections once a week and if this does not work, surgery is required. If this condition is not treated the child may develop a stiff-neck or torticollis.
First Published: Aug 15, 2003 18:46 IST