THE PURPOSE of this report is to introduce a multiple perforated adhesive tape for use in strapping acquired umbilical hernias in infants, and to show that it is more beneficial than the plain adhesive tape that is in common use at the present time.
The accepted procedure in treating acquired umbilical hernias mentioned in standard pediatric and surgical textbooks is that of first digitally reducing the hernial protrusion and then securing it by the use of adhesive plaster over the area. Technical variations are usually mentioned, but all in all the discrepancies in the advantages of one over the other is so small that it will not be mentioned.
On removing the standard brands of tape after a period of seven to ten days, various dermatologic manifestations will be found, depending on such factors as domestic care, allergic conditions, sensitive skin and climatic influence.
The more common conditions seen are