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Growth & Development

Your Baby’s Belly

Babies do not have fully developed abdominal muscles at birth, so sometimes their bellies can have a funny shape with a ridge in the center of the belly and the belly button sticking out a little.  A belly button that sticks out a lot may be a hernia (which your doctor will follow), but usually will resolve by age 2.

When babies try to make bowel movements, you may notice them straining a little or passing gas – both are normal.  Some babies have many bowel movements, some go a few days in between bowel movements – however, all babies should have their first bowel movement within the first 1-2 days of life.  Let your pediatrician know if your baby has not had a bowel movements during this time.

The content provided is not meant to replace the advice of your child’s physician. Please refer any specific issues or questions about your child to your pediatrician or health care provider.