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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it normal if umbilical cord stump bleeds?

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Dr. Juan Richiusa
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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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.

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