Umbilical Cord and Baby Belly Button. The Key Points to Know.

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Dr. Sandro Cantoni. Pediatrician.

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As a parent, you want to make sure you are taking care of your baby in the best way possible. One topic you may be wondering about is the umbilical cord and baby belly button. What should you do to ensure they heal properly? What are some common problems that can occur? Keep reading for key points to know.

When does the umbilical cord fall off?

The umbilical cord is the tube that connects the baby to the placenta. The placenta is the organ that provides food and oxygen to the baby during pregnancy.

After the baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut. This separates the baby from the placenta. The stump of the umbilical cord will dry and fall off in about 7-10 days.

Umbilical cord care.

There is no need to do anything special to care for the umbilical cord stump. Just keep it clean and dry. You can do this by gently wiping it with a damp cloth. You can put a bandage over it if you want, but it is not necessary.

If the cord stump becomes wet or dirty, you can place a small amount of petroleum jelly on a cotton ball and dab it onto the cord stump.

Do not use alcohol or peroxide on the umbilical cord stump. These chemicals can cause irritation and slow healing.

Infected umbilical cord

You should also keep an eye on the baby’s umbilical cord stump for signs of infection. These include:

– redness

– swelling

– pus or discharge

– a bad smell

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor.

Baby belly button hernia.

A baby belly button hernia is a fairly common condition in newborns. It occurs when the fatty tissues or muscles around the navel separate from the skin, creating a small hole. This hole can allow the intestine or other organs to protrude through the abdominal wall.

Most baby belly button hernias are harmless and will resolve on their own within a few months. However, in some cases, the hernia may need to be surgically repaired. If you notice that your baby’s belly button seems to be protruding more than usual, or if they seem to be in pain, contact your pediatrician for advice.

Newborn belly button bleeding.

There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new baby into the world, but for many parents, the experience can also be a little frightening. One common concern among new parents is whether or not it is normal for their newborn to have bleeding from the belly button.

In most cases, bleeding from a newborn’s belly button is perfectly normal and is caused by the separation of the umbilical cord stump from the navel. This process usually occurs within the first few days after birth, and the bleeding should stop within a week or two.

Another cause is the baby’s navel being irritated during the birthing process. The area may also be irritated if the baby’s clothing rubs against the navel. Newborn belly button bleeding is generally nothing to worry about and will usually stop on its own. However, if the bleeding continues for more than a day or two, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever or diarrhea, then you should consult your doctor.

There are a few things you can do to help relieve the irritation and stop the bleeding. First, keep the area clean and dry. You can use a warm, damp cloth to gently clean the navel. Second, you can apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the area. Finally, if the baby’s clothes are rubbing against the navel, you can put a bandage or piece of gauze over the navel to protect it.


In conclusion, the umbilical cord stump should be kept clean and dry. You should also watch for signs of infection. Bleeding from the navel is normal in most cases and will stop within a week or two.


About the author

Hi. My name is Sandro Cantoni. I’m a Pediatrician. I work in the General Pediatric Clinic. Hospital of Neuchatel, Switzerland.


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