A 31-year-old female asked:
is there any special care for the belly bottom after it falls off in my newborn? and i see a white area on it is it normal?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Family practice : This is normal appearance you can use alcohol on a q tip to help it dry up. Keep area clean. It falls of w/i 2 weeks. Call your family dr with any ancerns.
5.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
M.D. follow up: There is no special care needed. The area should be kept clean and dry. If there are any signs of infection such as thick discharge or redness around the rim of the umbilicus ( belly button ), please let you pediatrician know. The white area may be healing tissue.
3.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 21, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
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.