A 19-year-old male asked:
Is it normal if umbilical cord stump bleeds?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: You should contact your pediatrician. It could be that is no fully healed and it should be check.
5.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size.As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding.Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips.Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists.Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 42-year-old member asked:
How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Keep clean: Clean it gently every time you change the diaper, & keep it dry. Eventually it will dry up & fall off.
5.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.