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When Should Umbilical Stump 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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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