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What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner?

What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner?

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

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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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When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

Innies and Outies: It may not ever "go in", that would be considered a normal variant. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about some bleeding in the belly button after the umbilical cord falls off?

Should I be concerned about some bleeding in the belly button after the umbilical cord falls off?

Most likely okay.: A tiny bit of pink or red after the umbilical cord falls off is fine. Keep the area clean and dry. Don't bathe the baby yet (most newborns aren't rolling in the mud), and if the oozing continues more than a day or so, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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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 won't fall off. What surgery does dr do?

Umbilical cord won't 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 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?

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

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Wen I had my baby I was told the umbilical cord was short. What could cause that?

Wen I had my baby I was told the umbilical cord was short. What could cause that?

See below: The short umbilical cord might be from the decreased fetal movements during the pregnancy or decreased amount of amniotic fluid, called oligohydramnious. ...Read more

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I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch. Can you help me pls. Thanks?

I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch. Can you help me pls. Thanks?

PictureWorth1000Wrds: Belly button pain is usually due to a hernia or an infection at the umbilicus. Is the pinch worse w/exercise or exertion? Can you see or feel a little lump at or next to the belly button? Does it look more like an "out-y"? Is there any renders or drainage? Best bet-make an appointment to see a primary care doctor for definitive diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any risk associated with a tiny piece of the umbilical cord being left in?

Is there any risk associated with a tiny piece of the umbilical cord being left in?

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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Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Yes: Yes it is possible for a patient to have a remnant of the umbilical cord. You can go to a general surgeon for a consultation regarding possible surgical removal. ...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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Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Is a straight umbilical cord dangerous?

Straight cord: It may be dangerous because of poor blood supply to the placenta abd fetus. ...Read more

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Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Why is the umbilical cord red and blue in color?

Blood vessels: There are two arteries-carting oxygenated blood from the placenta and one umbilical vein that carries de-oxygenated blood back to the placenta. The vein is blue and the arteries are reddish in color. ...Read more

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How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

How far does an umbilical cord drug test go back?

As long as it is in: Blood., it will also show up in the baby's cord blood. How long that is depends upon the particular substance involved. You will have to look that up online yourself. You should obviously not endangering your child's health by using illicit substances during pregnancy. Please get the help you need to stop doing that unless it happens to be an opiate to which case you need to seek specialized counseling at a clinic that specializes in that. Best wishes. ...Read more