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What happens when my baby's umbilical cord stump comes off?

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The umbilical cord stump usually falls off on its own in about 2 weeks after birth. It’s normal to see a few drops of blood in your baby’s diaper. But if there’s a lot of blood as the cord separates, call your doctor right away.

If the cord hasn’t come off after 3 weeks, be patient. Keep the area dry and make sure it’s not covered by your child’s diaper. If it hasn’t come off in 6 weeks, or you see signs of fever or infection, call your doctor.

SOURCES:

National Health Service in England: “What is the Umbilical Cord?”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Cord Care,” “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Children’s Hospital Colorado, “Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Health Service in England: “What is the Umbilical Cord?”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Cord Care,” “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Children’s Hospital Colorado, “Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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