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Doctor insights on: Piece Of Umbilical Cord Still In Belly Button

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If an umbilical cord has been detached, why is the belly button still there?

If an umbilical cord has been detached, why is the belly button still there?

Belly button: The belly button represents the remnant of the blood vessels that attached the fetus to the mother as its source of nourishment. ...Read more

Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...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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Should I be concerned about some bleeding in the belly button after the umbilical cord falls off?

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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There's blood around her belly button. She is 9 days old and her umbilical cord has not fallen off yet. Is this normal?

There's blood around her belly button. She is 9 days old and her umbilical cord has not fallen off yet. Is this normal?

Umbilical cords: Will typically drop off within 2 weeks after birth. Bleeding from the cord can indicate that this process is about to occur, while redness/discharge/odor is never normal. Delayed cord drop used to be seen with hypothyroidism, but this rarely occurs due to early detection and intervention with newborn screens. ...Read more

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My babies umbilical cord fell off today(baby is 1 Week Old). Do I put anything on it to help it heal faster?? The belly button is also outie.

My babies umbilical cord fell off today(baby is 1 Week Old). Do I put anything on it to help it heal faster?? The belly button is also outie.

Not necessarily: The umbilical stump is made to fall off — after it does there be often very little needed to facilitate it completing its healing. You can use a small drop of liquid soap (not antibacterial) to aid in the remainder drying out — but if you do nothing it will likely be just fine! If it is not healed by the 2-week visit — your provider will take care of the rest. ...Read more

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I have a bump above my umbilical cord under the skin., and also around my belly button, bad?

I have a bump above my umbilical cord under the skin., and also around my belly button, bad?

Umbilical hernia: This sounds like a small umbilical hernia, which is a defect in the wall of the abdomen, which can allow your intestines to protrude. If there are no symptoms, and no great deformity, it may not be important. If there is pain, it can be very serious. Next time you see your doctor, point this out. ...Read more

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11day new baby and the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off & red in the belly button when should it fall off? Or should I c her dr? No discharged or odor

11day new baby and the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off & red in the belly button when should it fall off? Or should I c her dr? No discharged or odor

Umbilical cord: A newborn's umbilical cord falls off anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Keeping it dry is the key for it falling off sooner. I recommend using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean just the area where the cord attaches to the skin during diaper changers and fold the diaper top down toward the skin to keep urine from getting the cord wet. Have you pediatrician look at it at the 2-week check. ...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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My 3 week old's umbilical cord came out a few days ago. The inside of her button is red. It doesn't seem to hurt when I clean it. Should i be worried?

My 3 week old's umbilical cord came out a few days ago. The inside of her button is red. It doesn't seem to hurt when I clean it. Should i be worried?

Common finding: Just treat it as you would a cut or scratch by keeping the area clean and dry. If the redness extends outward or you see discharge, have the doc check it out. ...Read more

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What cause noise in the stomach and pain in umbilical cord?

What cause noise in the stomach and pain in umbilical cord?

Unlikely situation: Only a newborn has an umbilical cord and there is no way you would not know if the nb is having pain from the cord. Noise in the stomach is likely gas. ...Read more

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What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia, I have been diagnosed with one, you can't see it, my belly button is still poked in!

What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia, I have been diagnosed with one, you can't see it, my belly button is still poked in!

Usually not serious: Hi james, since the hernia is small and contains only fat (from within the abdomen), it is unlikely that it will lead to incarceration or strangulation of intestines, which is the worst complication of hernias. The belly button is still in the same spot. The fat in the small hernia sac is right next to the belly button (umbilicus). If the hernia gets larger or causes pain, it should be fixed. ...Read more

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Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

You should have: Your surgeon take a look at it, if you are concerned about your post op status. Sometime, especially in men, a condition called diastasis can mimic hernia recurrence. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia repair march 8. It is march 28 and i still have that black bruise above belly button. It hurt. Incision is in belly button, why?

Should see surgeon: A bruise should be improving by 20 days after surgery. You should see the surgeon if you haven't seen him or her recently so they can look at it. The black/blue/purple area could be the skin of and around the belly button that had its blood supply affected by the surgery. In rare cases, the surgeon may need a second procedure to revise this. ...Read more

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Could my umbilical hernia be causing my smelly belly button?

Could my umbilical hernia be causing my smelly belly button?

Hernia: Possibly. If the hernia is creating a pocket or fold of skin, moisture can get trapped in there and get smelly. ...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?

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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I had an umbilical hernia repaired 6 years ago and started exercising now my belly button area hurts a little does it mean I could get hernia back agan?

Possibly: If the pain worsens when you exercise, and especially if you see or feel a bulge in that area, then the hernia may have recurred (come back). If so, a surgeon or other physician should see you to see if there is a hernia. The pain could also be related to scar tissue in that area. ...Read more

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I have a very tiny umbilical hernia in my belly button less than 1cm in diameter. Will I need surgery?

Maybe not: If the hernia gets larger or causes much pain, then you should have it fixed. Since it does not seem that there are intestines caught in the hernia, then it is probably ok not to have surgery now. It would be best if a doctor examined the hernia in person. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an umbilical hernia without the belly button sticking out or it being visible at all?

Yes possible: Small hernias especially obese abdomen, small hernial defects may not be visible as protrusion. If you are suspecious that you have one go to your doctor for clinical examination ...Read more

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I have a protrusion right above my belly button and when I push on it I can feel it go back to normal position, is this an umbilical hernia?

I have a protrusion right above my belly button and when I push on it I can feel it go back to normal position, is this an umbilical hernia?

Most likely: You are probably right. It may be a variant of an umbilical hernia, with a weakening of the muscle right above the belly button. In any event, the treatment is a simple operation that can close the weak spot and prevent more serious problems from occurring. ...Read more

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Have protruding belly button umbilical hernia by having this what problems can i have?

Have protruding belly button umbilical hernia by having this what problems can i have?

Untreated hernia: Possibilities if left untreated are enlarging bulge, pain, discomfort and/or pressure. Rarely, whatever abdominal contents are coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia), can become stuck, and turn in to gangrene. Many factors weigh in to decision to repair or watch. See a general surgeon for more info. Those interested in hernia can be found at Americas Hernia Society website. ...Read more

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I have an umbilical hernia. Last night after laying on stomach when I awoke my hernia had moved and belly button was sunk in. What should I do?

You're good: Nothing. You just reduced the protruding tissue back underneath the hernia (hole) in the muscle. It will return, especially if you do heavy work or strain/cough. If it protrudes and is hard and painful, you'll need immediate attention. The elective repair is quick, outpatient, and is done with a little sedation and local anesthesia. I recommend a surgical opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible2have an umbilical hernia w/o a visible lump? What else can be the cause4occasional pain inside belly button? (esp when bending back)

Is it possible2have an umbilical hernia w/o a visible lump? What else can be the cause4occasional pain inside belly button? (esp when bending back)

Yes: A small umbilical hernia can be present and not felt or seen. But most surgeons can detect them by feeling. It's more difficult if people are very heavy. ...Read more

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I had surgery 6 m ago umbilical hernia there is a hard lump in my left side off the belly button?

Scar, mesh, hernia?: The hard lump could be scar tissue, or the hernia may have recurred (come back), or it could be mesh or the knot of a suture.

If the bulge is painful and gets larger when you strain your abdominal muscles, then the hernia may have come back (not likely, though possible).

Your surgeon or a physician can examine the lump and let you know which they think it is. ...Read more

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Injured my ab area during a workout 6 months ago. Pulling feeling around belly button. Mri showed tiny umbilical hernia. Is this why I am in pain?

Injured my ab area during a workout 6 months ago.  Pulling feeling around belly button. Mri showed tiny umbilical hernia. Is this why I am in pain?

Possibly: Generally speaking an umbilical hernia is usually painless but if you have pain and have a documented hernia it could be the cause and you should see a specialist. You may also have pulled or strained a muscle and that can cause the pain as well. ...Read more