A 35-year-old female asked:

11day new baby and the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off & red in the belly button when should it fall off? or should i c her dr? no discharged or odor

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Dr. Sunnie Skiles
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Umbilical cord: A newborn's umbilical cord falls off anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Keeping it dry is the key for it falling off sooner. I recommend using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean just the area where the cord attaches to the skin during diaper changers and fold the diaper top down toward the skin to keep urine from getting the cord wet. Have you pediatrician look at it at the 2 week check.
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