Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Concerned | 2010-10-12

Q.

Baby navel

Hi baby boy was hospitalised after birth. In hospital, the umbilical peg was cut and the stump was left too short. This than shrunk into his navel. The navel does not appear to be drying, especially on the inside. My son is now 3 weeks old. How long will it take to dry as I do clean it daily with surgical spirits? Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby's umbilicus should havedried by now. You are doing the right thing by cleaning his umbilicus with surgical spirits.It is possible that there is some infection of his umbilicus. Please ask your doctor or clinic sister to see your baby.

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