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5day old newborn. umbilical cord residual dropped off today but against diaper friction. bleeding a little, opening doesn't look unscathed. help?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Umbilical cord: Just gentle cleaning with soap and warm water compresses should be OK. There may be small amounts of bleeding associated with friction, so clean with diaper changes. It should clear up in a day or two. If not, see your pediatric care provider.
Dr. Krishna Anand
Pediatrics 50 years experience
O.K.: Clean the umbilicus with alcohol and keep it dry and clean. Watch for bleeding tiny bleed is O.K. but if more consult your doctorHope umbilicus will heal nicely in 4-5 days Also Watch for any discharge from umbilicus

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