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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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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?

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

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Will waiting until my newborns umbilical cord is done pulsating to cut it hurt my baby?

Will waiting until my newborns umbilical cord is done pulsating to cut it hurt my baby?

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

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What are the chances of the baby's umbilical cord moving off my cervix before I deliver?

What are the chances of the baby's umbilical cord moving off my cervix before I deliver?

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

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When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

Innies and Outies: It may not ever "go in", that would be considered a normal variant. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Varies: It will fall off usually during the first month life. Frequent cleaning of the area with alcohol may extend the time the cord remains. Congrats on your new baby! ...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

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What injuries can a 7 week old baby sustain from falling off the sofa?

What injuries can a 7 week old baby sustain from falling off the sofa?

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 more

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3 month old baby petachiae on legs after being held in baby sling very tight around legs. Will it go away soon?

3 month old baby petachiae on legs after being held in baby sling very tight around legs. Will it go away soon?

Few days: This type of rash consists of microhemorrhages under the skin, and should resolve within a few days as the body resorbs the leaked blood. Certainly, no NEW petechiae or unusual marks should develop during the healing process. ...Read more

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5day old newborn. Umbilical cord residual dropped off today but against diaper friction. Bleeding a little, opening doesn't look unscathed. Help?

5day old newborn. Umbilical cord residual dropped off today but against diaper friction. Bleeding a little, opening doesn't look unscathed. Help?

O.K.: Clean the umbilicus with alcohol and keep it dry and clean. Watch for bleeding tiny bleed is O.K. but if more consult your doctorHope umbilicus will heal nicely in 4-5 days Also Watch for any discharge from umbilicus ...Read more

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Do fetal hiccups mean the cord can be rapped around babies neck?

Do fetal hiccups mean the  cord can be rapped around babies neck?

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

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Does tugging on umbilical cord cause herniated belly buttons?

Does tugging on umbilical cord cause herniated belly buttons?

"Innies" vs "Outies": I am not aware of data showing a relationship. If that were the case, we would probably see many more "outies" or umbilical hernias in children delivered in teaching hospitals :/. ...Read more

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Risks of reaching arms over my head while pregnant is it safe or will my child have the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck?

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

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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?

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?

Not likely: It's very unlikely to see a retinal detachment in that scenario, but I'm concerned about your child. That is a pretty big fall and could cause other issues. At the very least, have your toddler checked out by your pediatrician. I hope all is well. ...Read more

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16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

16 month old baby is in pain when his umbelical hernia is touched. He can't sleep lying down.

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

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If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

No: Usually umbilical cords wrapped around the baby's neck in the uterus is loose, and only during the delivery is the cord stretched tighter. So the baby wasn't suffocating in the uterus. ...Read more

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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?

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