I had my big 10 lb boy about 7 months ago. My belly button was way stretched out and floppy afterwards. Then at about 5 months pp it started looking like a regular belly button again. It involved some peeling skin and some kind of oozy spots (sorry - tmi!) but it's back to the normal size and shape and firmness. But it's still peeling, pink and occasionally oozy. Like it's been healing for 2 months and still isn't done. It doesn't hurt, isn't swollen, but it just doesn't seem to finish. Has anyone else had this happen? Is it normal or cause for concern?
DS1 born 12-31-09, DS2 born 2-18-12
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
I haven't had this, since my belly button is a very deep innie, but my thought was maybe try putting a little coconut oil on it and see if that helps? Hope someone has more advice than me!
I had something very similar. Mine peeled for months, not oozy really, but peeling. The babe is a year now, and it's been back to normal for a bit, but I don't remember how long really. It's an odd thing isn't it?
While it is most likely that your belly button discharge is being caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, there is a rare condition called a urachal cyst. In the unborn fetus there is a duct above the bladder connected to the umbilical cord, it serves a purpose in the developing fetus, but closes up prior to birth. In some rare circumstances it does not close, and it swells later in life or a cyst develops within it causing it to open. Mucus and sometimes urine can leak through the now opened duct, out through the navel, and this can account for a discharge. The condition is rare, and it can be corrected surgically.
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