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Belly Button Pain After Eating Food

author image Diane Marks
Diane Marks started her writing career in 2010 and has been in health care administration for more than 30 years. She holds a registered nurse license from Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in health care education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Belly Button Pain After Eating Food
Belly button pain can be a symptom that raises concern in the sufferer.

Your belly button is located directly in front of your lower-digestive system, and its pain could be sign of a digestive health condition. The most probable causes of belly button pain after eating include gas pains, a stomach ulcer and food intolerances. Candidiasis or a hernia are also possibilities. If you experience severe pain accompanied with blood in your stool or vomit, call your doctor immediately. Avoid foods that trigger your symptoms while reporting all food avoidances to your doctor.

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Belly button pain after eating may be related to a hernia. A hernia is a sac that develops in the lining of your abdomen. The sac presses through a weak area in your abdominal wall, creating a small bump that can be felt when you press on the skin. Most hernias have no overt cause, but may be a result of lifting heavy objects, childbirth and severe constipation. You may develop a hernia in early childhood but not develop symptoms until later in your adult life, according to PubMed Health. Surgery is the only effective treatment to correct a hernia.


If you develop pain in your belly button along with visual symptoms, you may have an infection in your belly button. Candidiasis is a common infection in the belly button that is caused by a specific yeast. Common symptoms include painful cracks around the belly button, white patches, rashes, blisters and oozing of puss that may look like cottage cheese and may have an unusual odor. This condition is commonly treated with a prescribed antifungal cream.

Gas and Ulcers

Gas pains are sharp, jabbing pains felt throughout your abdomen from trapped air in your digestive system. Gas is a normal part of the digestive process, but excessive gas can cause pains that come and go. After passing gas or belching, gas pains should subside.

Pain felt in the naval is a common sign of a stomach ulcer. Most stomach ulcers are the result of erosion of your stomach lining from an infection. Stomach ulcers are sores that develop on the lining of your stomach that can cause pain and discomfort in your belly button.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances are a common cause of pain felt in the lower abdomen, around the naval. Food intolerances are the inability to digest certain proteins and sugars found in foods. For example, if you're lactose intolerant, your digestive system lacks the proper enzyme to digest the sugar in milk. This causes undigested proteins and sugars to enter the large intestines and interact with bacteria that cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. Other common food intolerances include fructose, MSG, histamine and gluten, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

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