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Doctor insights on: Smelly Umbilical Cord Stump

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How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

Keep clean: Clean it gently every time you change the diaper, & keep it dry. Eventually it will dry up & fall off. ...Read more

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Is it normal if umbilical cord stump bleeds?

Is it normal if umbilical cord stump bleeds?

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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Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

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

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My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album. Isn't that overdoing it?

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

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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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What to do about infected umbilical cord stump?

What to do about infected umbilical cord stump?

Call your doctor!!!: This can be a life threatening infection called omphalitis so it is important to call you doctor right away. If you baby has fever and is less than a month, you should visit an Emergency Room experienced in the care of children. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long after silver nitrate is applied to the umbilical cord stump will it dry up?

How long after silver nitrate is applied to the umbilical cord stump will it dry up?

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

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Newborn is 4 days old and there is foul odor coming from umbilical cord stump but no discharge. Is this normal?

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

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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?

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?

Umbilical stump: You can wash the cord area with soap and water during a tub bath and dry it up with a q-tip. You can also just wipe the umbilical stump with alcohol. Sometimes that area may not dry up quickly so your pediatrician may cauterize it with a silver nitrate stick. ...Read more

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How do I clean my baby's umbilical cord?

How do I clean my baby's umbilical cord?

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

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What so special about a thick umbilical cord?

What so special about a thick umbilical cord?

Nothing I know about: I would be concerned if the cord was too thin-then this may be associated with decreased blood flow/nutrition during the pregnancy. If the infant is normal and has no swelling (edema), then I would not be worried about a thick umbilical cord. ...Read more

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Could an umbilical cord snap during the first month?

Could an umbilical cord snap during the first month?

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

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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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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 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 do I care for my newborn's umbilical cord?

How do I care for my newborn's umbilical cord?

Umbilical cord care: Keep it clean and dry, only sponge bath till it fell off, usually within 2 weeks ...Read more