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My newborn's umbilical stump is still attached and he is 1 and a half months. is this normal?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Umbilical cord stumps should separate within 1-2 weeks in normal infants. In some institutions that use the triple dye, a purple antibacterial solution painted on the cord may have delay up to 3-4 wks, but I am concerned if there is further delay or >2wks when using a simple drying method. Some writers site a possible problem with white blood cell function in these kids. Discuss with your dr.

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