I was quite blissfully unaware of such a thing as umbilical hernias until my close friend had a baby girl who developed a big, lumplike thing close to her bellybutton. The first time I saw it, I was ready to cart her off the emergency room!
Her mom just laughed at me and said that it wasn’t a big deal, and that these kinds of hernias were actually pretty common in African American children. Well, not being African American, I didn’t have a clue about that.
She told me, though, that it wasn’t painful for the little stinker and that there was a really good chance she would grow right out of it. She also said that some parents use umbilical hernia belts to help hold them in place so that they wouldn't get bumped and stuff.
I’ve got to say that it was hard at first to get used to that little lady’s pooch – I was always afraid I would hurt her somehow. But now she’s in the fifth grade and it did indeed go away on its on.