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Smelly Umbilical Cord Stump
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
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
My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album. Isn't that overdoing it?
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. If keeping the cord stump grosses you out, maybe you'd feel more comfortable with hospital id bands or other non-organic keepsakes. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. ...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 newborn is a week and 6 days old and her umbilical cord stump fell off but at the bottom still looks open is this normal?
Call your peds: Sometimes, the umbilicus (belly button) doesn't fully heal at the base of the cord, so when the cord falls off, the baby can have something called an umbilical granuoloma - basically a non-healing wound. It's relatively common, and takes just 1 or 2 visits to the pediatrician's office to get it fixed. Make sure your infant is still eating, peeing, seeming as per her usual, 13-day self. ...Read more
Pretty quickly: I seldom use this unless I am treating an oozing remnant, but it drys the tissue it touches almost immediately. Occasionally i'll have to retreat in a day or two if they were very soupy at the start. ...Read more
Newborn is 4 days old and there is foul odor coming from umbilical cord stump but no discharge. Is this normal?
Abnormal: Foul smelling umbilical cord stump indicate bacterial growth-which is not good. This may be treated with alcohol swabbing of the stump several times a day. If it drains fluid or remains foul smelling, or the area around it turns red-a visit to the doctor is recommended. You want to avoid omphalitis. ...Read more
My newborn's umbilical cord stump just fell off. There is what looks like pus where the cord was. How should I treat this? Can I tub bathe her?
Depends: Some institutions use triple dye (purple) on the cord in an effort to avoid germs. This leatherizes the stump and makes separation take longer. Occasional cleaning may be needed to remove grime and thin soapy water or alcohol are fine. If the cord is allowed to air dry, occasional alcohol wipedowns accelerate drying. Bleeding at the base is common as the stump separates. Treat like you would a cut. ...Read more
Not much of a cord: During the first month there is a lot going on in development but there is not much of a cord as you may visualize it. A lot of the embryonic work goes on in a mass of tissue attached to a thick stalk. At about 30 days a crude cord is forming. The fetal cord has the ability to grow longer under tension. I've seen one 9 feet long compared to the nl 3. The only one I know snapped happened @ birth. ...Read more
Please expand: I agree please expand on your question. ...Read more
NO: There is no pain associated with clamping or cutting the cord. ...Read more
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
Itch at belly button: You can get itchy skin at belly button from many sources. One is if soap gets in there. I would keep it dry and if symptoms persist after a few days go to child's physician. ...Read more
Blood cell disorders: It is the blood obtained from the cord, not the cord itself, that is being used to treat disease. Early, primitive cells, called stem cells, are used to treat many disorders of the blood, including aplastic and other anemias, leukemias, certain immunologic diseases, and even some metabolic disorders. Ongoing research includes non-blood diseases, such as stroke, diabetes, and even heart attacks. ...Read more
Active baby: Cord wraps are common & thought to arise commonly around 12 -15 weeks when there is more fluid to baby volume & the baby can turn & wrap themselves. It is often harmless and first known when a baby starts having problems in labor.It may lead to a c-section. I've seen as many as 5 neck wraps and 3 true knots in the cord in babies that delivered okay & grew up to be normal. ...Read more
Yes: Normally the cord comes off between 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
Swollen fetal cord: A swollen fetal umbilical cord may indicate a problem her obstetrician may want to do more tests to determine if a problem really exists. ...Read more
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