Hydrocele in the Newborn
When Is a Hydrocele Treated?
Hydrocele often goes away by itself, as the body slowly absorbs the abdominal fluid. In some cases, though, surgery is needed. The hydrocele will be treated if:
The amount of fluid increases, making the scrotum large and firm.
The fluid isn’t absorbed within the baby’s first 6 months of life.
The baby also has a hernia (loop of bowel) extending into the same area.
What Are the Long-Term Effects?
After the hydrocele goes away or is treated, lasting problems are rare.
Signs of a Problem
If you see any of these signs, alert your baby’s doctor or nurse:
The hydrocele gets bigger.
The baby cries more than normal and can’t be consoled.
The baby cries or fusses when you touch the hydrocele.