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What should I do if there is bleeding from the umbilical stump?

What should I do if there is bleeding from the umbilical stump?

Dont worry: Umbilical cords bleeding is common and no need to worry unless there seems to be alot of bleeding. If you are concerned you should see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Umbilical Stump (Definition)

The umbilical cord stump should be kept clean and dry. Use sponge baths for your baby until the cord falls off, then you may start tub or sink baths. Do not pull the cord stump off, even if it is only attached by a small section, let it fall ...Read more


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I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

Belly button: It will not usually fall off before it is ready. Just be sure to keep treating it with whatever your pediatrician suggested. See him if it is draining pus or continuously bleeding. ...Read more

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After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

Sounds pretty normal: Most cord stumps will separate by a week or so ant the site will seal over by a month.Your description sounds normal.If concerned, cal your docs office and see what they recommend. ...Read more

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How do I care for my baby's umbilical stump?

How do I care for my baby's umbilical stump?

Keep it clean & dry: Keeping your baby's umbilical stump clean and dry will facilitate healing, drying, and the eventual "falling off" of your baby's cord. Keep the area around the stump clean by only using warm water and washcloth when needed. Keep it dry by only sponge bathing until the cord falls off and folding your baby's diaper below the stump. Rubbing alcohol is not necessary. ...Read more

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My newborn's umbilical stump is still attached and he is 1 and a half months. Is this normal?

No: Umbilical cord stumps should separate within 1-2 weeks in normal infants. In some institutions that use the triple dye, a purple antibacterial solution painted on the cord may have delay up to 3-4 wks, but I am concerned if there is further delay or >2wks when using a simple drying method. Some writers site a possible problem with white blood cell function in these kids. Discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about some bleeding in the belly button after the umbilical cord falls off?

Most likely okay.: A tiny bit of pink or red after the umbilical cord falls off is fine. Keep the area clean and dry. Don't bathe the baby yet (most newborns aren't rolling in the mud), and if the oozing continues more than a day or so, let your doctor know. ...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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My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia(quite large), has put on several lbs. in the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval. ? Serious

My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia(quite large), has put on several lbs. in the last 2- 3 months.  Now bleeding from naval.  ? Serious

Possibly: the weight gain may have thinned the skin and allowed it to become irritated more easily as well as put more pressure on it from the hernia. Need to see a surgeon now for evaluation and to prevent infection or involvement of the hernia itself. ...Read more

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My 15 day old's cord stump looks like it got snagged and is bleeding a bit. Is this normal? Should it come off by now? Doesn't seem to hurt him.

My 15 day old's cord stump looks like it got snagged and is bleeding a bit. Is this normal? Should it come off by now? Doesn't seem to hurt him.

Visit Pediatrician: It would be a good idea to visit your baby's physician to assess. The biggest fear is omphalitis which is an infection of the umbilical stump. The best way to determine your baby's cord stump would be to visit your baby's physician. ...Read more

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Is new bleeding from the belly button 2 days after stump fell off ok?

Is new bleeding from the belly button 2 days after stump fell off ok?

Pretty common: Just keep the area clean as you would any scratch.Should stop soon. ...Read more

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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more