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Baby Umbilical Cord Falling 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?
Ultrasound: First question, why US at 35 weeks? Have there been problems with pregnancy? This is not uncommon and not real risk for child at this point. Not much room in there at this point to move around. At delivery very common to find cord around neck. Usually very easy to deal with. I would not worry. Hope this helps. Good luck with rest of pregnancy (the hard part now at this phase) and the deliver ...Read more
Maybe,maybe not: Babies can benefit from returning placental blood to their body at birth.It helps build their iron stores.However, it can be overdone. A kid that receives too much can have thickened blood that does not flow easily in the capillaries and can plug up the kidneys or other organs. ...Read more
Hard to say: If you have a marginal previa, only slightly crossing the birth canal, it may move out of the way, but would likely still tear and cause life threatening bleeding.A complete previa is unlikely to move. I would prepare for a c-section delivery at the first sign of any labor. Stay in close contact with your treatment team and have a plan in place. ...Read more
Innies and Outies: It may not ever "go in", that would be considered a normal variant. ...Read more
When should the umbilical cord stump fall off? My baby is 15 days old and it's still firmly attached. I'm starting to worry it won't ever fall off.
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
Usually none: Because babies are resilient and it is a short distance. If the floor is tile or un-carpeted it is possible to sustain a broken arm or skull fracture or scratches or cuts it they hit something on the way down. If your child fell and you are worried, call your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
3 month old baby petachiae on legs after being held in baby sling very tight around legs. Will it go away soon?
5day old newborn. Umbilical cord residual dropped off today but against diaper friction. Bleeding a little, opening doesn't look unscathed. Help?
Yes: Normally the cord comes off between 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
No known association: Over three decades I have never seen any association between the two. I have had an infant with 5 wraps around the neck & no hiccups & hundreds with no wrap & hiccups. Just because the two may appear together on occasion does not mean the one issue was a signal of the other. ...Read more
Risks of reaching arms over my head while pregnant is it safe or will my child have the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck?
Not caused by this: The neck wraps are related to fetal movement around 12 wks when the fluid to baby ratio is high. They flip & change positions a bunch. As pregnancy moves on there is more baby than fluid & they can't move as much. I've seen as many as 5 neck wraps in a kid that did well.Holding your arms up has nothing to do with this process. ...Read more
16 mo Baby fell off bed backwards onto back and back of head about 30 inch fall. All seems well but should I be concerned about retinal detachments?
If a 9 mo. Old has a skull fracture, can playing "bouncy-bouncy" on your leg, (baby's rear lifts off mommy's leg, baby's head flops) cause injury?
See a surgeon: Most umbilical hernia in infancy resolve spontanously. Meaning the baby outgrows the condition. But if it is causing pain then you must take your baby to see a pediatric general surgeon to evaluate if the condition is a surgical case and should be repaired. And if your baby has been fine until now and all of a sudden gets fussy when the hernia is touched, more urgent to get seen. ...Read more
If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?
28wks pregnant. Found out at ob appt today baby is footling breech.Ob wants to monitor cervix fortnightly.Is this dangerous?Scared of cord prolapse?
OK to monitor: Though I wouldn't be so concerned about your cervix unless it were open or if there were concern about preterm labor, it is reasonable to regularly see your obstetrician for prenatal care. Ultrasounds to evaluate your baby's position and switch from breech to cephalic are important and just b/c it's breech now doesn't mean it'll be breech later. See your doctor ASAP if you have pain/discharge. ...Read more
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