It’s normal for the navel to ooze some secretions. Sometimes the navel forms a scab. Let it heal up and fall off on its own.
Why is my baby’s belly button oozing?
When the umbilical cord stump does fall off, you might notice a small raw spot or a small amount of blood-tinged fluid oozing out. This is nothing to worry about; most cords dry completely and then fall off. In some cases, the cord may form pink scar tissue called granuloma, which secretes a light yellow discharge.
How do I know if my baby’s belly button is infected?
How to identify an umbilical cord infection
- red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord.
- pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord.
- a bad smell coming from the cord.
- a fussy, uncomfortable, or very sleepy baby.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s belly button?
If you spot pus, bleeding, swelling, or discoloration, call your doctor right away. When the belly button has totally healed, the stump will easily fall off on its own. Some parents save the stump as a nostalgic reminder of the baby’s connection to mom.
How do you clean a baby’s infected belly button?
Clean the area around the cord as directed. You may be told to use a clean, moist cloth, alcohol pads, or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Remove all drainage and clean an inch around the base. If there is a little drainage is present you may be advised to use antibiotic ointment after each cleaning.
Why is my 2 week old belly button bleeding?
During the healing process, it’s normal to see a little blood near the stump. Much like a scab, the cord stump might bleed a little when it falls off. However, contact your baby’s doctor if the umbilical area oozes pus, the surrounding skin becomes red and swollen, or the area develops a pink moist bump.
How do you fix an outie belly button?
Whether your newborn has an innie or outie has nothing to do with how the umbilical cord was cut — or anything else that happened during childbirth. And despite common folklore, you can’t change its shape by strapping something across your baby’s belly, or by taping a quarter over it.
Is the mother’s belly button connected to the baby?
As you can see, it is not attached to anything in the body. The belly button is where the umbilical cord attaches to the fetus, connecting the developing baby to the placenta.
Can I put Neosporin on my newborn belly button?
If the cord smells bad or seems infected, you can smear a little antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin®) around and on the base of the cord. You can clean the cord as often as needed, perhaps 3 or 4 times a day.
What do you put on a newborn belly button?
When going home, your doctor may or may not recommend applying alcohol to your baby’s cord stump. If using alcohol to care for your baby’s umbilical cord, it is usually best to apply it with a cotton swab or cotton ball a few times a day.
What does an outie belly button look like on a newborn?
If your baby has a bulge around the bellybutton, they may have an umbilical hernia. Before the umbilical cord falls off, you may notice that the area seems to stick out a little more when the baby cries. Or maybe, once the cord is gone, you see that their navel sticks out (an “outie,” as it’s commonly called).
Do umbilical hernias go away in babies?
Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. But some children get or still have an umbilical hernia when they are infants or toddlers. Umbilical hernias almost always close on their own as a child grows. But sometimes surgery is needed.
Is an outie belly button always a hernia?
The only concern with an “outie” belly button is if it is caused by an umbilical hernia. If so, there is a small risk of incarceration, which is when abdominal contents get stuck in the hernia sac, potentially causing a surgical emergency. However, most umbilical hernias are no more than just a nuisance.
What can you put on an infected belly button?
To treat an infection
Keep the skin of your belly button clean and dry. Use an antifungal powder or cream to clear up a yeast infection. For a bacterial infection, your doctor might recommend using an antibiotic ointment. Some infections may require oral antibiotic treatment, incision and drainage of the cyst, or both.
How do you clean the belly button after the umbilical cord falls off?
Use a cotton swab or washcloth dampened with water (and soap if you must) to wipe away any blood or secretions. Don’t worry — a few drops of blood and clear secretions are totally fine. The area is healing. Dab the area dry.
Can an infected belly button affect pregnancy?
If it spreads to the amniotic sac, it is known as chorioamnionitis. In some cases, the infection may involve the umbilical cord. Doctors refer to this as funisitis. Funisitis increases the risk of childbirth complications, such as stillbirth.