What are the signs and symptoms of a hernia or hydrocele?
A hydrocele usually causes scrotal swelling that gradually decreases in size. A hernia usually causes intermittent swelling of the groin that may extend into the scrotum. This is usually most noticeable when your child is crying or having a bowel movement, or at the end of the day.
A hydrocele does not typically cause any pain or problems. Both conditions are usually identified shortly after birth. However, an inguinal hernia or hydrocele may show up later in life following periods of increased strain. Children experiencing signs or symptoms of a hydrocele or hernia should see a pediatric urologist or pediatric surgeon as soon as possible.
An incarcerated inguinal hernia can happen when a firm mass within the groin extends into the scrotum – it occurs when a bowel movement gets stuck in the hernia sac. It is usually tender to the touch and may cause nausea and vomiting or a change in bowel habits. This is an emergency and should be addressed immediately.