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umbilical cord
February 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM
My baby is 2 weeks old and his umbilical cord hasn't fallen off yet but i have a question I was told not to clean it and to leave it alone by the doctor I noticed that it looks like Its peeling by the belly button and dry blood is that normal ? My dd is 4yrs old and believe It or not I dont remember how It was when she was a new born. Any answers or websites help thanks


  • USD2012
    by USD2012
    February 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    My son's fell off in 7 days.. Doc said to clean it with sanitised cotton wool after every bath. worry only if its smelling bad or you see puss developing...

  • Salem2012
    February 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    The dry blood is normal i dont remember the peeling but im pretty sure it's lo's lasted til about 3-4 weeks.

  • NoahsMommy10412
    February 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM
    It's normal. If your concerned about the dried blood try taking a wet q tip to it then drying it with the other end (only wet one side). That's what the doctor told us to do with my son.
  • Randi02
    by Randi02
    February 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Judging from the other replies, it's normal. I have 4 babies and all of them lost their cord stumps by day 5, I can't imagine having that thing there for 2 weeks!

    I didn't do anything special with it. They were bathed and changed normally from birth, no alcohol etc.

  • babygomez
    February 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    My daughter's fell off at 4 weeks. My son's fell off at 2.5 weeks.

  • Mrsfarr
    by Mrsfarr
    February 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM
    Every baby is different and every doctor has a different suggestion for care. Go with what you've been told and just wait it out. If it smells, swells, or oozes, you need to get it checked. Otherwise, everything is ok.
  • la_bella_vita
    February 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

     Yes, normal

  • mommylove818
    February 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM
    Thank you everyone just wanted to make sure :)
  • renae87
    by renae87
    February 14, 2013 at 1:37 AM

     Yep totally normal. I would be worried if their was puss like drainage coming from it, but the dry blood indicates thats its healing.


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