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Hernias and Treatment

A hernia occurs when a body part pushes through a defect in the structures that hold it in place. For example, the intestines may push through a weakness in the anterolateral abdominal wall. The commonest site in the body for hernias is the groin (i.e. the area or fold between the lower abdomen and the inner thigh). In this area, the hernia commonly occurs through the inguinal canal (the tract that is formed with the descent of the testis in males, and the suspensory fibers for the uterus in the female).

You will normally see a swelling under the skin where a hernia occurs. The swelling may disappear when you lie flat on your back because the contents of the hernia return to their normal position. The swelling may be associated with a dragging sensation when you stand or walk for a long time. Sneezing, coughing, and manual activity may also bring on pain in the hernia.

Occasionally, the swelling will not cause any problems.

It is important that a qualified surgeon confirms the diagnosis of a hernia.

The treatment for hernias of all kinds is the ‘closure’ of the defect through which the body part appears. This requires an operation. The operation is usually arranged as a day-case (the patient leaves the hospital the same day), and the patient is usually back to full activity in one week.

Your surgeon will discuss the treatment of your hernia with you. This will enable you to make an informed decision on what to do, and what to expect.

Our experienced surgical team is prepared to provide total care for your hernia.

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Nausea and Vomiting in Children

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children is a common complaint among parents. The most common cause is food poisoning I.e. taking in contaminated food or water. The danger to the child is usually from dehydration. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting are viral and don’t need antibiotic treatment as they tend to resolve on their own.

Since the bodies of little children are composed largely of water, loss of fluids from diarrhoea and vomiting can lead to severe dehydration if fluids are not replaced adequately.

Parents should first of all not panic. They should realise that the most important need is to rehydrate the child. The best fluid for rehydration is ORS. So as a first aid measure parents can start ORS at home. They can also start zinc tablets for 10-14days. This is available over the counter.

Parents should monitor children at home whilst being given fluids. If the child becomes increasingly weak or is noted to be less active, loses more fluids, refuses to drink, cries without tears, has sunken eyes or any other cause of worry in the parent should prompt parents to seek medical attention.

Looking for an excellent health facility for your child, look no further, please book an appointment to see  Impact paediatricians today.

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