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Baby Umbilical Cord Falling Off
Not at all: Umbilical cords do not have nerves.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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