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My 7 week old had his belly button silver nitrated because of oozing after his cord fell off. now the skin is coming off and oozing worse. what to do?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
INFECTION: If the belly button is still wet after the cautery with silver nitrate to dry it, it means there is infection. You are instructed to clean it with alcohol after the cautery and if it did not dry up let your dr. See it again.
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
Possible infection: My concern is that there could be a bacterial infection causing the persistent oozing. You could try a short course of topical antibiotic, like polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or bacitacin (or generic) or seek medical attention.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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