Navel Pain In Babies: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Navel Pain In Babies: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

15 Nov 2022 | 2 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Navel pain in babies also known as periumbilical pain is a type of abdominal pain in the region behind or around the belly button, around the umbilical region. The causes of navel pain in babies are many. While some of the causes are common and can be treated with home remedies or by applying a tummy pain relief roll-on, some are rare and can be related to more serious issues needing medical attention.

Read on to learn the possible causes of navel pain in babies.

What Is Navel Pain In Babies?

Navel pain can occur near the breastbone or chest near the lower belly, or behind the belly button in the upper abdomen. The pain even ranges in intensity; it can either be a sharp pain or mild pain depending on the cause.

What Are The Causes Of Navel Pain In Babies?

There are many causes for navel pain in babies, some of the most common causes are:

  • Constipation
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Indigestion
  • Small intestine disorder
  • Some forms of skin infection
  • UTI (urinary tract infection)
Navel pain in babies
Navel pain in babies can occur near the breastbone or chest near the lower belly, or behind the belly button/ Image source: freepik

Symptoms Of Navel Pain In Babies

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Bulge near the bellybutton
  • Swelling around the bellybutton 
  • Bellybutton pain when standing, straining or lifting something

Navel Pain In Babies: Treatment

Treatment of navel pain depends on the cause behind the pain. If your baby is on solids then your doctor may ask you to alter the baby’s diet to relieve the pain besides prescribing medications.

To treat navel pain in babies at home, you can give your baby a warm compress or use a tummy relief roll on to instantly provide relief from the pain.

  • Your baby may not want to eat so don’t force him/her to eat.
  • Offer them fluids like boiled water and keep them well hydrated.
  • Make sure they get plenty of rest.
  • Feed them bland food and fruits like bananas.

If the navel pain continues then it’s advisable to talk to your child’s doctor as some of the causes of navel pain could mean some underlying condition.

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