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When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...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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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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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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11day new baby and the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off & red in the belly button when should it fall off? Or should I c her dr? No discharged or odor

11day new baby and the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off & red in the belly button when should it fall off? Or should I c her dr? No discharged or odor

Umbilical cord: A newborn's umbilical cord falls off anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Keeping it dry is the key for it falling off sooner. I recommend using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean just the area where the cord attaches to the skin during diaper changers and fold the diaper top down toward the skin to keep urine from getting the cord wet. Have you pediatrician look at it at the 2 week check. ...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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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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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.

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

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If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

No: Usually umbilical cords wrapped around the baby's neck in the uterus is loose, and only during the delivery is the cord stretched tighter. So the baby wasn't suffocating in the uterus. ...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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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?

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

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Age 20 and i think i can see my umbilical cord still. What do I do?

Age 20 and i think i can see my umbilical cord still. What do I do?

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