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Bleeding After Umbilical Stump Falls Off
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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.
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 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.
Pretty common: Just keep the area clean as you would any scratch.Should stop soon. ...Read more
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