A good number of Health Emergency Initiative intervention’s beneficiaries are children, amongst who is Iyanuoluwa Olufunke. 2 years old Iyanuoluwa was diagnosed with Hernia at Somolu General Hospital in June 2019. Health Emergency Initiative intervened by paying the bills for the hernia to be surgically removed. He is fully recovered and back home to his normal lifestyle.
Hernia is one of the prevalent infections among children, it is a medical condition when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia.
The most common types of hernia are:
- Inguinal (inner groin)
- Incisional (resulting from an incision)
- Femoral (outer groin)
- Umbilical (belly button)
- Hiatal (upper stomach)
Causes of Hernia
Generally, hernias are caused by a combination of pressure and an opening or weakness of muscle, the pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the opening or weak spot. Anything that causes an increase in pressure in the abdomen can cause a hernia, including:
- Lifting heavy objects without stabilizing the abdominal muscles
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Persistent coughing or sneezing
- Poor nutrition
Treatment Options for Hernia
Observation and change of lifestyle