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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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Umbilical Stump (Definition)

The umbilical cord stump should be kept clean and dry. Use sponge baths for your baby until the cord falls off, then you may start tub or sink baths. Do not pull the cord stump off, even if it is only attached by a small section, let it fall ...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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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?

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

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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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Is new bleeding from the belly button 2 days after stump fell off ok?

Is new bleeding from the belly button 2 days after stump fell off ok?

Pretty common: Just keep the area clean as you would any scratch.Should stop soon. ...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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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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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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16 mo Baby fell off bed backwards onto back and back of head about 30 inch fall. All seems well but should I be concerned about retinal detachments?

16 mo Baby fell off bed backwards onto back and back of head about 30 inch fall. All seems well but should I be concerned about retinal detachments?

Not likely: It's very unlikely to see a retinal detachment in that scenario, but I'm concerned about your child. That is a pretty big fall and could cause other issues. At the very least, have your toddler checked out by your pediatrician. I hope all is well. ...Read more

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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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6 days post op umbilical hernia repair, 34 year old male. incision is bleeding. should I go to the ER or wait it out and let it scab over?

6 days post op umbilical hernia repair, 34 year old male. incision is bleeding. should I go to the ER or wait it out and let it scab over?

Apply pressure: If the bleeding does not stop within 5 minutes, a visit to the ER may be necessary. Also if you have any other bleeding risks, be seen. All the best. ...Read more

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Does it hurt when the doctors cut off the umbilical cord?

Does it hurt when the doctors cut off the umbilical cord?

No: The umbilical cord does not hurt when it is clamped and cut. It has no nerves. ...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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My toenail is falling off. Should i rip it or leave it alone?

My toenail is falling off. Should i rip it or leave it alone?

An injury?: If your nail is loose and coming off sometimes it is better to have it partially removed. You have to be careful that you do not do any more damage to it by catching it on your socks tearing it further. Check with your podiatrist and make sure there is nothing else going on under the nail which caused it to come loose in the first place. ...Read more