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Had 20 week ultrasound. Midwife reported umbilical cord attached to the membrane of placenta. Is this serious?

Had 20 week ultrasound. Midwife reported umbilical cord attached to the membrane of placenta. Is this serious?

Please explain??: The umbilical cord arises from the placenta and must be attached for that to happen. Perhaps there is another way to describe your question. If not please call the OB and ask them to explain what they really meant. ...Read more

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Does it matter how long the umbilical cord on a new born is attached before it is cut off? Are there pros to having it stay on longer?

Does it matter how long the umbilical cord on a new born is attached before it is cut off? Are there pros to having it stay on longer?

Every choice has pbs: There may be some benefit in a short delay in cutting the cord. Yet there can also be problems if that is carried too far. Returning blood cells from the placenta does boost their iron stores and delay a natural anemia that comes with rapid growth. However, if too many cells are returned to baby, it can thicken the blood to the point of risk.Kidney damage or stroke is a rare but real risk. ...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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Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this?  dangers?

Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this?  dangers?

Maybe, maybenot: The idea is there is baby blood in the placenta & it is a good source of iron. Babies don't make much new blood in the first months so their level starts out higher than adults to begin with & normally falls as baby grows. The problem with this move is you can let too much blood go across & babies blood will be too thick & could lead to kidney damage or stroke. I'd avoid it. ...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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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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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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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

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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 2 year old son have itch and redness in his umbilical cord?

My 2 year old son have itch and redness in his umbilical cord?

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

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What diseases is the umbilical cord of a newborn baby used to treat?

What diseases is the umbilical cord of a newborn baby used to treat?

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

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Can I use hydrogen peroxide to keep my baby's umbilical cord area clean?

Can I use hydrogen peroxide to keep my baby's umbilical cord area clean?

Yes-but: Yes you can-it is a little bit messy though. Alcohol swabs are just fine. Hydrogen peroxide can splash into baby's eyes-too dangerous. ...Read more

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What can be done if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the fetus' body?

What can be done if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the fetus' body?

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

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My sister's fetus' umbilical cord is swollen, should we be worried? Is this dangerous?

My sister's fetus' umbilical cord is swollen, should we be worried? Is this dangerous?

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

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I am 28 Years old and I do believe my umbilical cord is still in my navel. What should I do?

I am 28 Years old and I do believe my umbilical cord is still in my navel. What should I do?

Umbilical hernia: It is not possible for there still to be a piece of your umbilical cord in your navel. However, it is possible that there is a small umbilical granuloma or hernia. Go to a physician to figure out what exactly it is. ...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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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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My newborn lost her umbilical cord this afternoon. When I noticed it had fallin off I also noticed that the cord site was green. Is this normal or no?

My newborn lost her umbilical cord this afternoon. When I noticed it had fallin off I also noticed that the cord site was green. Is this normal or no?

It'll turn black as: Shrivels up. Because of the applied silver nitrate, it can be greenish-looking. Skin touched by silver nitrate can look black. Signs of infection, called oomphalitis, are redness & swelling of the skin around the cord, or cracked, weepy areas. Just clean around the cord gently with a little alcohol on sterile gauze & fold down the diaper so it doesn't occlude or rub the area. Enjoy your baby! ...Read more

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Second child (son) born on New Year's Day. Umbilical cord starting to fall off and has a white ooze coming out and smells bad. No redness. This ok?

Second child (son) born on New Year's Day. Umbilical cord starting to fall off and has a white ooze coming out and smells bad. No redness. This ok?

Needs attention: If baby is feeding well and there is no redness, I would suggest starting with gently lifting the cord remnant and cleansing the cord where it attaches to the body with rubbing alcohol on a q-tip now and again in several hours. Keep the area dry by folding the diaper down. If it continues to ooze, I strongly recommend that your infant be checked by his doctor who is better able to assess infect. ...Read more

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What if the umbilical cord doesn't coil?

What if the umbilical cord doesn't coil?

Not much to worry: Cords like people come in different shapes and sizes. I am not sure of the context of your question-but if the infant is born normally with a non-coiled cord-i am not concerned at all. ...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