After the umbilical cord is cut at birth, a stump of tissue remains attached to your baby's navel. It usually falls off between 1 and 2 weeks after birth. Keeping the stump and surrounding skin clean and dry helps prevent infection. It may also help the stump to fall off and the navel to heal faster.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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