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What cause an umbilical cord painful?

What cause an umbilical cord painful?

Confusing question: I have never had an infant show me convincing evidence of umbilical cord pain.(and they can not tell me) in fact, there are no nerve endings in an umbilical cord so it cannot send pain messages. Perhaps you are thinking about another body part. ...Read more

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What if the umbilical cord doesn't coil?

What if the umbilical cord doesn't coil?

Not much to worry: Cords like people come in different shapes and sizes. I am not sure of the context of your question-but if the infant is born normally with a non-coiled cord-i am not concerned at all. ...Read more

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How do I clean my baby's umbilical cord?

How do I clean my baby's umbilical cord?

Depends: Some institutions use triple dye (purple) on the cord in an effort to avoid germs. This leatherizes the stump and makes separation take longer. Occasional cleaning may be needed to remove grime and thin soapy water or alcohol are fine. If the cord is allowed to air dry, occasional alcohol wipedowns accelerate drying. Bleeding at the base is common as the stump separates.Treat like you would a cut. ...Read more

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At what stage is the umbilical cord formed?

At what stage is the umbilical cord formed?

See below: Umbilical cord starts as "connecting stalk" at the end of 2nd week of embryonic period. ...Read more

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What so special about a thick umbilical cord?

What so special about a thick umbilical cord?

Nothing I know about: I would be concerned if the cord was too thin-then this may be associated with decreased blood flow/nutrition during the pregnancy. If the infant is normal and has no swelling (edema), then i would not be worried about a thick umbilical cord. ...Read more

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What should I do for a herniated umbilical cord?

What should I do for a herniated umbilical cord?

Observation best: Although an umbilical cord hernia may look odd, the chances of it closing are quite high. Some people put coin, cotton, gauze on the hernia with tape. This does not help and occlusion of the site is not recommended. The physician will follow the hernia size with you, but over time-even as long as 2 yrs-it will close. Unless unmanageable-surgery is not recommended. ...Read more

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Could an umbilical cord snap during the first month?

Could an umbilical cord snap during the first month?

Not much of a cord: During the first month there is a lot going on in development but there is not much of a cord as you may visualize it. A lot of the embryonic work goes on in a mass of tissue attached to a thick stalk. At about 30 days a crude cord is forming. The fetal cord has the ability to grow longer under tension. I've seen one 9 feet long compared to the nl 3. The only one i know snapped happened @ birth. ...Read more

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What are risks of an excessively coiled umbilical cord?

What are risks of an excessively coiled umbilical cord?

Fetal movement: The coils in the umbilical cord reflect fetal movment. Bernischke documented about 6-7 coils per 10 cm of cord. Excessive coiling may be associated with greater than normal fetal movement. Fetal movement causes of excessive fetal movement vary from exposure to excessive noise or other stimuli (including some drug exposures). On the contrary a cord with few twists represents an immobile fetus. ...Read more

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How far back can they detect drugs using umbilical cord tissue?

How far back can they detect drugs using umbilical cord tissue?

Not where I look: If you end up under suspicion of drug use & I am asked to evaluate a newborn for such issues, I can usually find it. They do not test babies at birth under routine circumstances. However, if I need to explore the issue I can detect evidence of exposures as far back as the 2nd trimester. Either don't use or be up front with the docs so baby can be properly monitored for withdrawal. ...Read more

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Age 20 and i think i can see my umbilical cord still. What do I do?

Age 20 and i think i can see my umbilical cord still. What do I do?

Not umbilical cord: You should get this checked. It is impossible to know without seeing it, but since the umbilical cord has long since dried up and has become a ligament running along the inside of your abdominal wall called the medial umbilical ligament, it is unlikely to be the cord itself, but it may be a remnant of something else. ...Read more

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What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner ?

What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner ?

Nothing: The sooner the cord falls off-the better. I wouldn't worry about this but i would keep the stump dry and clean. ...Read more

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Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

See below: The short umbilical cord might be from the decreased fetal movements during the pregnancy or decreased amount of amniotic fluid, called oligohydramnious. ...Read more

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I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

PictureWorth1000Wrds: Belly button pain is usually due to a hernia or an infection at the umbilicus. Is the pinch worse w/exercise or exertion? Can you see or feel a little lump at or next to the belly button? Does it look more like an "out-y"? Is there any renders or drainage? Best bet-make an appointment to see a primary care doctor for definitive diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any risk associated with a tiny piece of the umbilical cord being left in?

Is there any risk associated with a tiny piece of the umbilical cord being left in?

Umbilical stump: You can wash the cord area with soap and water during a tub bath and dry it up with a q-tip. You can also just wipe the umbilical stump with alcohol. Sometimes that area may not dry up quickly so your pediatrician may cauterize it with a silver nitrate stick. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Yes: Yes it is possible for a patient to have a remnant of the umbilical cord. You can go to a general surgeon for a consultation regarding possible surgical removal. ...Read more

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Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Ultrasound may tell: Many women report increased fetal movement when they lie on their sides. We believe that is related to an increase in blood flow to the baby due to a change in the mother's position and activity. With regard to positioning and cord compression, it is typically the position of the fetus/cord in a uterus with a low amount of amniotic fluid that is occasionally associated with "issues" or problems. ...Read more

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Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Straight cord: It may be dangerous because of poor blood supply to the placenta abd fetus. ...Read more

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When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...Read more

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Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Blood vessels: There are two arteries-carting oxygenated blood from the placenta and one umbilical vein that carries de-oxygenated blood back to the placenta. The vein is blue and the arteries are reddish in color. ...Read more

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How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

As long as it is in : Blood. , it will also show up in the baby's cord blood. How long that is depends upon the particular substance involved. You will have to look that up online yourself. You should obviously not endangering your child's health by using illicit substances during pregnancy. Please get the help you need to stop doing that unless it happens to be an opiate to which case you need to seek specialized counseling at a clinic that specializes in that. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Umbilical cord wont fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord wont fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord: How long? Infants rarely need to have the umbilical cord remnant removed. It will eventually fall off with time. ...Read more

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Will the doctors let my partner cut the umbilical cord?

Will the doctors let my partner cut the umbilical cord?

Yes: The "final" part of the delivery is a very special event for both partners...In almost all cases of a routine delivery, every physician at my hospital allows -- even pushes for -- the partner to cut the umbilical cord. The only exception, unfortunately, is a c-section, which, of course, is a real surgery. Adding extra people (like partners) into the mix increases the risk of infection. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable for the umbilical cord to bleed?

Would it be acceptable for the umbilical cord to bleed?

Depends on situation: Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size.As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding.Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips.Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists.Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic. ...Read more

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Does it hurt when the doctors cut off the umbilical cord?

No: The umbilical cord does not hurt when it is clamped and cut. It has no nerves. ...Read more

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How to clean an infants umbilical cord once it has fallen off?

How to clean an infants umbilical cord once it has fallen off?

Occasional care: I look at this area as if it were a healing scratch. Once the cord stump has been shed, it may or may not need any care.Keep the area dry, sometimes using alcohol as a drying agent, and washing as you would any other scratch will promote healing. If it oozes or drains after a week or more I would call the office. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: short umbilical cord?

What is the definition or description of: short umbilical cord?

35 cm: The mean of term umbilical cord length is 50 to 60 cm. A short cord at term is less than 35 cm. ...Read more

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How far back does a drug test go using the baby's umbilical cord?

How far back does a drug test go using the baby's umbilical cord?

About 1 month: Usually newborn urine or meconium is tested not the umbilical cord. Different drugs stay in the system for different amounts of time and detection will vary. Remember that it is crucial you tell your doctor about any drug use. This is about keeping your baby safe not avoiding getting caught. The doctors can best care for your baby is they know the truth. Be open and honest and keep your baby safe. ...Read more

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I don't get to do it! do the student doctors cut the umbilical cord a certain way?

I don't get to do it! do the student doctors cut the umbilical cord a certain way?

Cutting the cord: No there is no special technique to cutting the cord, though as you may be able to imagine it would require some gymnastics for a mother to cut her babies cord. Fathers are occasionally allowed to cut the cord though. ...Read more

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Can you request that the umbilical cord and placenta be immediately tossed in the medical waste?

Can you request that the umbilical cord and placenta be immediately tossed in the medical waste?

Yes: However, the umbilical cord and placenta are important cues to fetal health and usually undergoes a pathologic examination and visual inspection by the delivering obstetrician. There are important cues to potential need for newborn studies based on examination and i would encourage you not to have it immediately put into medical waste. ...Read more

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What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby? Why does it happen in the first place?

What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby?  Why does it happen in the first place?

Confusing question: If your ? Is about a umbilical hernia in an infant, the response depends somewhat on the size & age of the infant. They are common & most self heal as the child's abdominal muscles become stronger with age. By 1-2 yrs most have disappeared. Those that are very large or tend to trap intestinal contents may need to be fixed, but most will wait to see if the improve with age. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hurt the baby/cut of circulation/pinch umbilical cord when lying in a distorted position?

Is it possible to hurt the baby/cut of circulation/pinch umbilical cord when lying in a distorted position?

Unlikely to happen: I wouldn't worry about your positions as baby naturally floats the umbilical cord away from confining positions during pregnancy. Rarely, the babies actions get them into trouble. During the 2nd trimester they have more room to flip & some tie true knots in the cord or wrap it around their neck. It's not usually a problem until labor puts stress on the system, but the monitor will pick it up. ...Read more

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How many weeks does umbilical cord testing show? And will it show a one time use of a illegal drug at 25 weeks?

How many weeks does umbilical cord testing show? And will it show a one time use of a illegal drug at 25 weeks?

Things to ponder: I do not look for drugs on an umbilical cord blood. That is for blood typing & occasionally other things. If there is a reason I need to look for drug exposure in a newborn I can find it, even earlier than 25 whs. You need to be honest with your docs so they can guide you through this. ...Read more

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Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this? dangers?

Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this? dangers?

Maybe,maybenot: The idea is there is baby blood in the placenta & it is a good source of iron. Babies don't make much new blood in the first months so their level starts out higher than adults to begin with & normally falls as baby grows. The problem with this move is you can let too much blood go across & babies blood will be too thick & could lead to kidney damage or stroke. I'd avoid it. ...Read more

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How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

Keep clean: Clean it gently every time you change the diaper, & keep it dry. Eventually it will dry up & fall off. ...Read more