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Umbilical Stump (Overview)

The umbilical cord stump should be kept clean and dry. Use sponge baths for your baby until the cord falls off, then you may start tub or sink baths. Do not pull the cord stump off, even if it is only attached by a small section, let it fall off on its own.


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How do I care for my baby's umbilical stump?

How do I care for my baby's umbilical stump?

Keep it clean & dry: Keeping your baby's umbilical stump clean and dry will facilitate healing, drying, and the eventual "falling off" of your baby's cord. Keep the area around the stump clean by only using warm water and washcloth when needed. Keep it dry by only sponge bathing until the cord falls off and folding your baby's diaper below the stump. Rubbing alcohol is not necessary. ...Read more

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Umbilical Stump (Overview)

The umbilical cord stump should be kept clean and dry. Use sponge baths for your baby until the cord falls off, then you may start tub or sink baths. Do not pull the cord stump off, even if it is only attached by a small section, let it fall off on its own.


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What should I do if there is bleeding from the umbilical stump?

What should I do if there is bleeding from the umbilical stump?

Dont worry: Umbilical cords bleeding is common and no need to worry unless there seems to be alot of bleeding. If you are concerned you should see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My newborn's umbilical stump is still attached and he is 1 and a half months. Is this normal?

No: Umbilical cord stumps should separate within 1-2 weeks in normal infants. In some institutions that use the triple dye, a purple antibacterial solution painted on the cord may have delay up to 3-4 wks, but I am concerned if there is further delay or >2wks when using a simple drying method. Some writers site a possible problem with white blood cell function in these kids. Discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

Belly button: It will not usually fall off before it is ready. Just be sure to keep treating it with whatever your pediatrician suggested. See him if it is draining pus or continuously bleeding. ...Read more

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After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

Sounds pretty normal: Most cord stumps will separate by a week or so ant the site will seal over by a month.Your description sounds normal.If concerned, cal your docs office and see what they recommend. ...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?

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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