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Doctor insights on: Baby Starts Feeding From Mother Through Umbilical Cord

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Sir, i'm a mother of 2 months old baby girl. Her umbilical cord fell off by 2weeks. Still the area is sometimes wet. Is it bcz of any infn?no fever.

Sir, i'm a mother of 2 months old baby girl. Her  umbilical cord fell off by 2weeks. Still the area is sometimes wet. Is it bcz of any infn?no fever.

Get a baby check up: Have your child be examined by a healthcare provider to determine if the umbilicus had healed properly or if any treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Can a HIV positive mother give birth to a HIV negative child, or does the virus always pass through the umbilical cord?

Can a HIV positive mother give birth to a HIV negative child, or does the virus always pass through the umbilical cord?

Not always: Even when mom does not receive antiretrovirals during pregnancy there is only about a 30-50% chance of perinatal infection in the infant. When prophylactic therapy is given this is markedly reduced. ...Read more

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What is the percentage composition of maternal and fetal blood in the umbilical cord?

What is the percentage composition of maternal and fetal blood in the umbilical cord?

Odd question: The only blood in the umbilical cord is the babies. The babies blood comes to and passes close by the maternal circulation contained in the wall of the uterus. The nutrients of mothers blood pass through by diffusion to enter babies blood,and babies waste products are drawn off by mothers blood. There are occasional microscopic amounts of fetal cells that pass into mothers circulation & vise versa ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as the stretches? Babies getting it, held by someone on their period, umbilical cord still on?

Is there a such thing as the stretches? Babies getting it, held by someone on their period, umbilical cord still on?

No there is no probl: There is no thing like that.If some one is having periods it does not make them any different than others.They can hold the baby without any problem.It may be a superstition by some. ...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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My babies umbilical cord fell off today(baby is 1 Week Old). Do I put anything on it to help it heal faster?? The belly button is also outie.

My babies umbilical cord fell off today(baby is 1 Week Old). Do I put anything on it to help it heal faster?? The belly button is also outie.

Not necessarily: The umbilical stump is made to fall off - after it does there is often very little needed to facilitate it completing its healing. You can use a small drop of liquid soap (not antibacterial) to aid in the remainder drying out - but if you do nothing it will likely be just fine! If it is not healed by the 2 week visit - your provider will take care of the rest. ...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?

Not significant: Cords vary in length, needing only to be long enough to connect baby to the placenta and assure transfer of nutrients.The longest I've seen was about 7 feet, but baby had it wrapped 5 times around the neck before her c/s delivery at term. (normal baby) the average is about 2-3 feet.I see no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Also, the dried cord stump has no potential future medical use (banking cord blood is totally different process). ...Read more