U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
AZ
A female asked:

Newborn is 4 days old and there is foul odor coming from umbilical cord stump but no discharge. is this normal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Keep close watch...: Keep area dry. During the healing process, it's normal to see a little crust or dried blood near the stump. Contact your baby's doctor if your baby develops a fever or if the umbilical area: appears red and swollen around the cord, continues to bleed, or oozes yellowish pus or has foul-smelling discharge. Smelly alone is ok, but watch closely.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine 38 years experience
Clean the base of the cord and belly button with a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol several times a day. You want to clean away any goopy material really well. Fold the top of the diaper down so that the cord is not covered by it. If it continues to smell after a day, then have it checked.
Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Carlos Jesurun
Neonatology 50 years experience
Abnormal: Foul smelling umbilical cord stump indicate bacterial growth-which is not good. This may be treated with alcohol swabbing of the stump several times a day. If it drains fluid or remains foul smelling, or the area around it turns red-a visit to the doctor is recommended. You want to avoid omphalitis.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Sep 10, 2019

Disclaimer:

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.