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How long after silver nitrate is applied to the umbilical cord stump will it dry up?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Pretty quickly: I seldom use this unless I am treating an oozing remnant, but it drys the tissue it touches almost immediately. Occasionally i'll have to retreat in a day or two if they were very soupy at the start.

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Last updated Feb 25, 2017

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