Up to 90 percent of the general population has an “innie,” which leaves the other 10 percent with an outie belly button. Although some would have you believe that an outie is the result of the way the umbilical cord was cut, this just isn’t true. Learn what exactly causes an outie belly button, and more.
What causes an outie belly button?
There are a few things that can happen to result in an outie. An umbilical hernia can cause this when weak abdominal muscles aren’t fused together properly. Usually, these heal on their own and require no action on your part. Another possibility is excess scar tissue causing the navel to protrude from the belly. Don’t blame the doctor; sometimes, these things just happen.
Are outies normal?
Outies are completely normal, although they are a lot less common. Outies are not a result of improper umbilical cord stump care; they just occur under the right circumstances. Consider it a unique trait of your child and nothing more. However, if you notice redness or discharge coming from the area, this could be a sign of infection. Talk to your pediatrician if your child is displaying any of these symptoms, especially if they’re accompanied by a fever.
Do outtie belly buttons require surgery?
An outie requires absolutely no action on your part as it is completely normal. However, if someone is unhappy with the appearance of their belly button and is interested in changing it, then a common cosmetic surgery, called an umbilicoplasty, can be done. There is an old wives’ tale that taping a penny over the belly button will turn an outie into an innie. Unfortunately, there’s no truth to this.
You should bring any concerns to your pediatrician if you suspect something serious, but generally an outie belly button is is healthy and normal. It’s just uncommon. A little extra scar tissue can cause a lot of worry, but rest assured that an innie, outie, or something in between is nothing to fear.
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