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Umbilical Cord Care

I recommend cleaning your newborn’s umbilical cord area with rubbing alcohol only once a day. I tilt the cord and use a Q-tip to apply a small amount of alcohol at the yellow base of the cord. Typically, the cord falls off in 1 to 4 weeks. If you do not clean the cord site you run the risk of infection. An infected umbilical cord site is a serious infection which requires hospitalization. If you clean the cord site too much the cord will stay on longer than necessary.

umbilical granuloma in infant

 

Umbilical Granuloma

Our 2 week old son’s umbilical cord if falling off, but leaving a yellow stump. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

Your son has an umbilical granuloma. While not “normal” it is very common and treatable. An umbilical (... more on Umbilical Granuloma)

 

Written March 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Windermere Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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