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What is the definition or description of: short umbilical cord?

What is the definition or description of: short umbilical cord?

35 cm: The mean of term umbilical cord length is 50 to 60 cm. A short cord at term is less than 35 cm. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Short Umbilical Cord (Definition)

The mean of term umbilical cord length is 50 to 60 cm. A short cord at term is ...Read more


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Wen I had my baby I was told the umbilical cord was short. What could cause that?

Wen I had my baby I was told the umbilical cord was short. What could cause that?

See below: The short umbilical cord might be from the decreased fetal movements during the pregnancy or decreased amount of amniotic fluid, called oligohydramnious. ...Read more

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What cause an umbilical cord painful?

What cause an umbilical cord painful?

Confusing question: I have never had an infant show me convincing evidence of umbilical cord pain. (and they can not tell me) in fact, there are no nerve endings in an umbilical cord so it cannot send pain messages. Perhaps you are thinking about another body part. ...Read more

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Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Ultrasound may tell: Many women report increased fetal movement when they lie on their sides. We believe that is related to an increase in blood flow to the baby due to a change in the mother's position and activity. With regard to positioning and cord compression, it is typically the position of the fetus/cord in a uterus with a low amount of amniotic fluid that is occasionally associated with "issues" or problems. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of on and off itch and redness of umbilical cord of my 2 year old son?

What are the common causes of on and off itch and redness of umbilical cord of my 2 year old son?

Sweat, water, bites: Many of these act just like the skin folds of the body, trapping moisture and from bathing or sweat. Soaps can also be trapped. The salt in the sweat causes itching, the itching aggravates the issue by irritating or tearing skin cells, that are even more irritated by sweat. A good cleaning followed by alcohol will dry out the area. Bug bites also trigger this problem. ...Read more

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I feel pains im ma umbilical cord and a little swollen at de side of it, please what is de cause?

I feel pains im ma umbilical cord and a little swollen at de side of it, please what is de cause?

Hernia possible: Umbilical hernias cause a bulge and pain at or near the umbilicus. See your surgeon to determine if it is a hernia, it may need surgery. ...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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My umbilical cord hurt twice before I played sports. What may be the cause?

My umbilical cord hurt twice before I played sports. What may be the cause?

I assume you mean: Umbilicus (belly button)that hurt. You may be developing a hernia at the site, or it could be infected. If the pain continues, see a Dr. ...Read more

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Its barely three days before my monthly periods. I have pain on my umbilical cord since yesterday. I feel so uncomfortable. What could be the cause?

Schedule a visit: You no longer have an umbilical cord. That was cut right after you were delivered from your mother. If you mean you are having severe pain from your belly button (umbilicus) then you will need to schedule a visit to be evaluated for a hernia or other causes. ...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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Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Only 30???: I am reluctant to accept the initial statement as realistic. Once a cord begins to prolapse it can produce an intermittent but complete obstruction to blood flow that may add up to a significant o2 deficit over time. I'm not sure anyone can estimate the insult accurately. If only 30, probably no long term effect. If low 1/5/10 min apgars and seizures in the 1st 24hr, it was longer and more problemat ...Read more

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At what stage is the umbilical cord formed?

At what stage is the umbilical cord formed?

See below: Umbilical cord starts as "connecting stalk" at the end of 2nd week of embryonic period. ...Read more

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What should I do for a herniated umbilical cord?

What should I do for a herniated umbilical cord?

Observation best: Although an umbilical cord hernia may look odd, the chances of it closing are quite high. Some people put coin, cotton, gauze on the hernia with tape. This does not help and occlusion of the site is not recommended. The physician will follow the hernia size with you, but over time-even as long as 2 yrs-it will close. Unless unmanageable-surgery is not recommended. ...Read more

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Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Straight cord: It may be dangerous because of poor blood supply to the placenta abd fetus. ...Read more

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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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Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Blood vessels: There are two arteries-carting oxygenated blood from the placenta and one umbilical vein that carries de-oxygenated blood back to the placenta. The vein is blue and the arteries are reddish in color. ...Read more

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How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

As long as it is in: Blood., it will also show up in the baby's cord blood. How long that is depends upon the particular substance involved. You will have to look that up online yourself. You should obviously not endangering your child's health by using illicit substances during pregnancy. Please get the help you need to stop doing that unless it happens to be an opiate to which case you need to seek specialized counseling at a clinic that specializes in that. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is cutting the umbilical cord painful for the baby?

Is cutting the umbilical cord painful for the baby?

NO: There is no pain associated with clamping or cutting the cord. ...Read more

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Umbilical cord won't fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord won't fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord: How long? Infants rarely need to have the umbilical cord remnant removed. It will eventually fall off with time. ...Read more

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Will the doctors let my partner cut the umbilical cord?

Will the doctors let my partner cut the umbilical cord?

Yes: The "final" part of the delivery is a very special event for both partners...In almost all cases of a routine delivery, every physician at my hospital allows -- even pushes for -- the partner to cut the umbilical cord. The only exception, unfortunately, is a c-section, which, of course, is a real surgery. Adding extra people (like partners) into the mix increases the risk of infection. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable for the umbilical cord to bleed?

Would it be acceptable for the umbilical cord to bleed?

Depends on situation: Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size. As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding. Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips. Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists. Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic. ...Read more

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Does it hurt when the doctors cut off the umbilical cord?

No: The umbilical cord does not hurt when it is clamped and cut. It has no nerves. ...Read more

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How to clean an infants umbilical cord once it has fallen off?

How to clean an infants umbilical cord once it has fallen off?

Occasional care: I look at this area as if it were a healing scratch. Once the cord stump has been shed, it may or may not need any care. Keep the area dry, sometimes using alcohol as a drying agent, and washing as you would any other scratch will promote healing. If it oozes or drains after a week or more I would call the office. ...Read more

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How far back does a drug test go using the baby's umbilical cord?

How far back does a drug test go using the baby's umbilical cord?

About 1 month: Usually newborn urine or meconium is tested not the umbilical cord. Different drugs stay in the system for different amounts of time and detection will vary. Remember that it is crucial you tell your doctor about any drug use. This is about keeping your baby safe not avoiding getting caught. The doctors can best care for your baby is they know the truth. Be open and honest and keep your baby safe. ...Read more

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I don't get to do it! Do the student doctors cut the umbilical cord a certain way?

I don't get to do it! Do the student doctors cut the umbilical cord a certain way?

Cutting the cord: No there is no special technique to cutting the cord, though as you may be able to imagine it would require some gymnastics for a mother to cut her babies cord. Fathers are occasionally allowed to cut the cord though. ...Read more

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Can you request that the umbilical cord and placenta be immediately tossed in the medical waste?

Can you request that the umbilical cord and placenta be immediately tossed in the medical waste?

Yes: However, the umbilical cord and placenta are important cues to fetal health and usually undergoes a pathologic examination and visual inspection by the delivering obstetrician. There are important cues to potential need for newborn studies based on examination and I would encourage you not to have it immediately put into medical waste. ...Read more

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What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby? Why does it happen in the first place?

What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby? Why does it happen in the first place?

Confusing question: If your? Is about a umbilical hernia in an infant, the response depends somewhat on the size & age of the infant. They are common & most self heal as the child's abdominal muscles become stronger with age. By 1-2 yrs most have disappeared. Those that are very large or tend to trap intestinal contents may need to be fixed, but most will wait to see if the improve with age. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hurt the baby/cut of circulation/pinch umbilical cord when lying in a distorted position?

Is it possible to hurt the baby/cut of circulation/pinch umbilical cord when lying in a distorted position?

Unlikely to happen: I wouldn't worry about your positions as baby naturally floats the umbilical cord away from confining positions during pregnancy. Rarely, the babies actions get them into trouble. During the 2nd trimester they have more room to flip & some tie true knots in the cord or wrap it around their neck. It's not usually a problem until labor puts stress on the system, but the monitor will pick it up. ...Read more