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My 3 month old baby has a red belly button and it hurts him?

My 3 month old baby has a red belly button and it hurts him?

See a pediatrician: Belly button redness and tenderness in an infant may mean the start of an infection. He needs to be seen soon by his doctor. ...Read more

Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...Read more


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I have 11 days old baby girl and there are more than normal discharge from her belly button. No redness around the belly button and no fever. Any risk?

I have 11 days old baby girl and there are more than normal discharge from her belly button. No redness around the belly button and no fever. Any risk?

Belly Button: A small amount of discharge around the belly button or umbilical stump is normal But if there is a significant amount or any redness, it should be looked at. Could be an early infection. ...Read more

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My old belly-button piercing hole has semi-solid, white pus coming from it when I squeeze and is red - had baby 9 days ago. Do I need to do anything?

My old belly-button piercing hole has semi-solid, white pus coming from it when I squeeze and is red - had baby 9 days ago. Do I need to do anything?

Sebum: Do not put anything into the piercing. Wash in shower. See a DR if it is very sore or swollen. Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic as these will do no good and are common sensitizers. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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Please help! I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Please help! I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Uncertain: May be bacterial infection-if so it should be tender. If it does not resolve promptly a physician visit is recommended. ...Read more

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What to do if I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

What to do if I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Belly-button pain: Belly-button (umbilical) pain may originate locally due to infection or herniation, or be "referred" from another abdominal location like the appendix. Signs/symptoms of concern include: local redness & drainage, umbilical bulging that can't be reduced with gentle pressure, fever, vomiting, change in bowels, generalized abdominal tenderness (suggests peritonitis), worsening pain. ...Read more

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There's bruseing and redness around my wife's belly button what does that mean?

There's bruseing and redness around my wife's belly button what does that mean?

Belt buckle?: A metal belt buckle can cause nickel ions to dissolve in sweat and be carried to the skin, where they often cause a severe allergic reaction. ...Read more

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A smelly clear fliquid coming out from belly button no pain no sweeling no redness just a fluid only?

A smelly clear fliquid  coming out from belly button no pain no sweeling no redness just a fluid only?

Suggests infection: If the liquid you have coming out of the belly button has a bad smell there is probably some infection present. You can clean the area well with soap and water followed by alcohol to the area. Keep the area dry and clean in this manner for 2-3 days. If the problem persists, see a physician and get the fluid cultured and treated with the proper medication that may be needed. ...Read more

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My baby11mo. Has redness around her belly button only, it's a week now.. What could this be? Can i put anything on it?

My baby11mo. Has redness around her belly button only, it's a week now.. What could this be? Can i put anything on it?

Inflammation: Redness around the belly button is much more common in newborns than at 11 months. Earlier it would certainly be a local infection and potentially quite serious. At this age, a bug bite, with a local reaction is more likely. Some warm most packs would be useful. Then put on a topical antibiotic salve (neosporin) or better still calendula ointment. ...Read more

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Redness inside belly button. No pain, itching or discharge?

Redness inside belly button. No pain, itching or discharge?

No problem: Likely just a friction phenomenon. You can try a barrier (lotion/cream) moisturizer but the old school mantra holds . . . no pain, no itching, no discharge = no problem. ...Read more

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If theres a bit of redness and dent above belly button, do I have a hernia?

If theres a bit of redness and dent above belly button, do I have a hernia?

Needs an exam: Generally a hernia is a mildly tender lump or bulge. It is usually not an indentation. Redness could indicate a skin infection. Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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I have a slight swelling redness just above my belly button...pain when stretching..otherwise no pain...i am 32 yes male?

Umbilicus: The umbilicus is often the site of infection and this may cause the discomfort. Have the area cleaned with a mild soap and apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin or neosporin to see if the inflammation resolves. Consult your physician as needed. ...Read more

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Belly button has odor, fluid an crust forms around it, no pain or redness dr gave mupirocin. How to apply? Does it go inside belly button?

Urachal cyst?: Maybe you have a urachal cyst that has become infected. Urachal cyst is a minor congenital anomaly, a remnant of the umblical cord. If so, minor surgery might be required to cure and/or prevent repeat infection. A normal naval might occasionally get infected, especially if quite deep or if you are overweight. For now, just work the cream as deeply into your naval as you can. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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I have a inny belly button , I shower regularly and juat recently I notixed redness, moist , and dryness around the crater part of my belly button?

I have a inny belly button , I shower regularly and juat recently I notixed redness, moist , and dryness around the crater part of my belly button?

Belly Button Problem: Red, moist, and dry belly-buton crater. Red and moist? Can't be both. If it itches it might be an allergy to soap, to snaps on jeans, laundry detergent, a yeast infections, and other skin conditions. If it bothers you with itching and some soreness, check with your dermatologist or regular physician. ...Read more

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What should I do if my daughter belly button is sore / redness?

What should I do if my daughter belly button is sore / redness?

Low grade infection: She have a low grade infection in her belly button. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the area 4 times daily. ...Read more

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Right side next to belly button, I feel a lump and it looks swollen, and has redness and it's painful..also there's a red dot in the middle of it.

Right side next to belly button, I feel a lump and it looks swollen, and has redness and it's painful..also there's a red dot in the middle of it.

Skin infection: It sounds like you have a skin infection. This type of infection is often called a boil. These often start with a clogged pore or hair follicle. You should get medical attention. It may need to be drained in the clinic. If allowed to progress, it can spread and become dangerous. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed laparoscopically on the 23rd of march. Am now noticing increased redness around belly button incision. Is this normal?

NO IT IS NOT: Depend on the natyre of the redness generally speaking it is not it could indicate infection see your surgeon he definitly want to know about it he could either assure you or tske care of it most surgeon uses absoreable suture in this area sometime it does not get absorbed and the body trying to reject it. ...Read more

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Small hard anchored lump just outside belly button at about 6 o'clock when looking at it. Tender when squeezing slight redness over area. No drainage.

Small hard anchored lump just outside belly button at about 6 o'clock when looking at it. Tender when squeezing slight redness over area. No drainage.

See your primary: Could be many things? if you don't have a belly ring then most likely is a small cyst or lipoma. would want to know if you feels these bumps anywhere else.Try warm soaks but would have your primary doctor look at it ...Read more

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Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Infection: Even in the absence of redness I consider this to be an infection in the navel. Treat this with warm soaks, pat dry and apply an antibacterial ointment like neosporin. Wipe the surrounding skin with rubbing alcohol to prevent spread of bacteria there. If surrounding redness,swelling,fever,chills or continuing draining of pus occurs, see your physician for treatment. ...Read more