Diastasis Recti In Children and Babies
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.
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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