Diastasis Recti In Children and Babies

What most people do not know is that everyone is actually born with some form of diastasis recti to allow the umbilical cord exit the body. This separation typically closes in the first few weeks after delivery but can take up to 3-4 years or longer to fully close in some children. Lack of closure of the diastasis can contribute to functional core weakness, muscle imbalance, intestinal issues and several complications in normal physical development.
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Diastasis Recti or Umbilical Hernia or both?

Often babies, children and toddlers are diagnosed with both diastasis and an umbilical hernia or there is some confusion between the two. Let’s clarify the difference and help you understand what might be going on with your child. It is possible to have a diastasis and not have a hernia, and have a hernia and not have a diastasis and to have both conditions at once.

What is the difference?

Diastasis Recti: a separation of the abdominals down the midline as the linea albea stretches

Umbilical Hernia: a tear in the connective tissue that allows the umbilicus to pop out.

Detached Umbilicus: a bulging umbilicus (outie or partially outie belly button) without a tear in the connective tissue.

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Signs and Symptoms of DR in Babies

  • A trench or football shaped bulge down the midline of the tummy when they do crunch like movements, cough or cry.
  • Bulging tummy that gets worse with activity, throughout the day or with eating.
  • Overall weakness in the core – affecting posture, developmental delays, ability to balance, walk, run, lift, reach.
  • Sluggish intestinal function, bloating, gas, constipation, and the need to bear down to have a bowel movements.
  • Flared rib cage or barrel chest

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The Tummy Team has lots of resources to help you to educate yourself on the symptoms, challenges, and treatments for Diastasis Recti in your child, toddler, or baby.
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