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Umbilical Cord Fell Off After 5 Days
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
My son is almost 2 months old and his umbilical cord fell off at 2 weeks old and now there's still a piece still a piece stuck what do I do?
Belly button : It is a raised scar from the healing process and will not be as noticeable as he grows ...Read more
She should: Not look pale with separation of the cord unless she is bleeding. You need to take her to the emergency room tonite if she is breathing fast, labored breathing and looking sick. Or you can call on call doctor for advice. ...Read more
Half of umbilical cord fell off, the other half is still there. No pus or soreness noted? Is this normal & okay?
Yes: Just be patient, the rest will dry off and fall off ...Read more
Half my newborns umbilical cord fell off however some still remains... I notice a little bleeding but it now seems to be inside like a deep red inside?
Umbilical cord: The umbilical cord dries up and falls off like a scab on the average by 7 to 14 days. I think the longest time that has ever been noted in the medical literature is 90 days. Think for a moment. Have you ever seen anyone at the beach with an umbilical cord? As to the slight am ought of liquid blood that you might see, the clot in there can liquefy over time. You can clean it up with hydrogen peroxi ...Read more
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
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?
Sir, I'm a mother of 2 months old baby girl. Her umbilical cord fell off by 2weeks. Still, the area is sometimes wet. Is it bcz of any infn?no fever.
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.
How long does it take tramadol not to show up in the umbilical cord? My friend has been taking them her whole pregancy. 8 days away from delivery.
Ashamed?: If she is not ashamed to take tramadol (I assume without a doctors recommended) then why stop now and try to hide her tramadol use? 8 days away and with 9 months of use her baby, umbilical cord iare pretty well saturated. Unfortunately her sense of conscience is only hitting her now. Chronic use of tramadol can lead to withdraw symptoms of the baby. Her baby's doc needs to know for baby care ...Read more
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
Baby boy 5 days old, I got him circumcised how long do I have to wait until I can bathe him? He still has his umbilical cord too.
Whenever you like: You may bathe your baby at your convenience. ...Read more
It's 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?
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 surrounding area turns red-a visit to the doctor is recommended. You want to avoid omphalitis. ...Read more
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
How can I tell if the umbilical cord is infected? My baby is 11 days old it's dry outside but inside look a little watery n yellow w blood no odor.
Redness/swelling: If the skin surrounding the site is red,thickened or swollen, it is likely infected & needs to be seen immediately. Odd smells or drainage is not unusual when the cord is finally separating from the stump. Rinsing the area with rubbing alcohol can help it dry faster & finish healing. If concerned, call the doc's office. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Fetal movement: The coils in the umbilical cord reflect fetal movment. Bernischke documented about 6-7 coils per 10 cm of cord. Excessive coiling may be associated with greater than normal fetal movement. Fetal movement causes of excessive fetal movement vary from exposure to excessive noise or other stimuli (including some drug exposures). On the contrary a cord with few twists represents an immobile fetus. ...Read more
Please expand: I agree please expand on your question. ...Read more
Not at all: Umbilical cords do not have nerves.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not umbilical cord: You should get this checked. It is impossible to know without seeing it, but since the umbilical cord has long since dried up and has become a ligament running along the inside of your abdominal wall called the medial umbilical ligament, it is unlikely to be the cord itself, but it may be a remnant of something else. ...Read more
Nothing: The sooner the cord falls off-the better. I wouldn't worry about this but I would keep the stump dry and clean. ...Read more