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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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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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Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? Why might she do this?

Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? Why might she do this?

Needs evaluation: Your child should be seen by your pediatrician. He may refer you to a neurologist to evaluate your child. ...Read more

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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.

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 is 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

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Umbilical cord wont fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord wont fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord: How long? Infants rarely need to have the umbilical cord remnant removed. It will eventually fall off with time. ...Read more

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Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Ultrasound may tell: Many women report increased fetal movement when they lie on their sides. We believe that is related to an increase in blood flow to the baby due to a change in the mother's position and activity. With regard to positioning and cord compression, it is typically the position of the fetus/cord in a uterus with a low amount of amniotic fluid that is occasionally associated with "issues" or problems. ...Read more

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Baby cord fell off today there is a little puss coming from his belly button. What do. I do?

Baby cord fell off today there is a little puss coming from his belly button. What do. I do?

Gentle cleansing: Cleanse the areas with soap and water once or twice daily. If the area surrounding the navel becomes reddened or if the discharge continues, then have your doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

If you're not sure: If this is an involuntary movement, video an episode on your smart phone. Include your child's behavior for a few minutes after the episode.Note what she's doing prior to an event, how often it happens, & whether the movement interferes with eating, playing, etc., all useful history for her doctor, along with physical & neurological exams & developmental screening ( see firstsigns.Org). ...Read more

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Will waiting until my newborns umbilical cord is done pulsating to cut it hurt my baby?

Will waiting until my newborns umbilical cord is done pulsating to cut it hurt my baby?

Maybe,maybe not: Babies can benefit from returning placental blood to their body at birth.It helps build their iron stores.However, it can be overdone. A kid that receives too much can have thickened blood that does not flow easily in the capillaries and can plug up the kidneys or other organs. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby falls down and bumps his head so hard it bleeds?

What should I do if my baby falls down and bumps his head so hard it bleeds?

Go to the ER: Please take the baby to the er to be evaluated. The cut may need to be sutured and the baby should be examined to look for a more serious head injury. ...Read more

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Why does my arm fall asleep when I put it in front of my head laying down on my stomach? Is it normal? Also why does my left arm feel like it wants to go to sleep when I fall asleep? Should I be worried?

Why does my arm fall asleep when I put it in front of my head laying down on my stomach? Is it normal?
Also why does my left arm feel like it wants to go to sleep when I fall asleep? Should I be worried?

May be nerve problem: If an arm falls asleep, goes numb or tingly, or has changes in circulation, just in certain positions of the arm, there may be compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels to that arm. A primary care doctor, neurologist, and physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor) can help figure this out. Sometimes special x-rays are done to see if there is a problem of the nerve at the spine. ...Read more

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How do I stop my 2month old hair from falling out where he sleep on it at?

How do I stop my 2month old hair from falling out where he sleep on it at?

You can't: Your two month old is losing hair because after birth it goes into a resting phase (has to do with cell division) and will fall out. Don't worry, it grows back. Sometimes children will get a bald patch where rubbing can cause friction and hair loss, but that too will come back. ...Read more

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9 weeks pregnant an it gets really uncomfortable to sleep on my back , my lower stomach starts to hurt. Wat does this mean for me or my baby? Is it bad?

9 weeks pregnant an it gets really uncomfortable to sleep on my back , my lower stomach starts to hurt. Wat does this mean for me or my baby? Is it bad?

Preg back pain: This is very common in mothers as the fetus and uterus grows larger as pregnancy advances. This does not effect the pregnancy. Try other sleep positions to alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my 7 month old baby is still not sitting up or crawling he grabs everything and i put him on the floor but when I do he screams cry?

Is it normal that my 7 month old baby is still not sitting up or crawling he grabs everything and i put him on the floor but when I do he screams cry?

Try putting him : in prone on a quilt. Put a toy just out of reach in front of him, then move it side-to-side. . He should hold his head & chest up steadily with weight on both forearms, then shift his weight to one while reaching for & attaining a toy with the other. When placed in a sit, he should maintain a "tripod ", flexed at the waist & propped on both hands. GE Reflux can cause discomfort in prone. ...Read more

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When a pregnant girl throws up does it come back out from the umbilical cord ?

When a pregnant girl throws up does it come back out from the umbilical cord ?

Separate compartment: The fetus is located in a separate part of the body,surrounded by the fetal membranes and accessible only from the bloodstream.The baby's placenta draws nutrition from the bloodstream which also removes any of it's waste.If you barf, it is material from the stomach that never made it into your system.If you barf too much you can become dehydrated and place baby at some risk, but it takes a while ...Read more

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If my baby's cord fell off and it looks like it wasn't ready. What can I do to heal it better?

If my baby's cord fell off and it looks like it wasn't ready. What can I do to heal it better?

Often a bit of blood: Cord separation is often marked by a bit of blood or sticky discharge. Treat as you wood any cut or scratch. Clean it regularly, a bit of alcohol a couple times a day to help it dry out and monitor the skin around the site. If the skin becomes swollen or red see your dr.If not, daily cleaning & observation should be all you need. ...Read more

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