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