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What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby? Why does it happen in the first place?

What do you do for a herniated umbilical cord in a baby?  Why does it happen in the first place?

Confusing question: If your ? Is about a umbilical hernia in an infant, the response depends somewhat on the size & age of the infant. They are common & most self heal as the child's abdominal muscles become stronger with age. By 1-2 yrs most have disappeared. Those that are very large or tend to trap intestinal contents may need to be fixed, but most will wait to see if the improve with age. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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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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

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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 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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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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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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What are risks of an excessively coiled umbilical cord?

What are risks of an excessively coiled umbilical cord?

Cord accidents.: Overcoiled umbilical cord can be seen with very active fetuses and increased amniotic fluid and is associated with increased risk for perinatal cord accidents and variable decelerations that may require amnioinfusion and/or cesarean section to avoid injury to the fetal/neonatal brain. Your perinatologist should be able to assess you and your baby for this and offfer appropriate interventions. ...Read more

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