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#1 of 5 Old 03-18-2011, 01:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS's umbilical cord is stinky. There's no sign of redness or swelling around it, it just smells bad. Should I call the doctor? He's 9 days old.


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#2 of 5 Old 03-18-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Nope, this odor is expected, though unpleasant!! I had the same question a few months ago. shy.gif I cleaned it carefully until it came off. It was extremely stinky!

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Normal - it is rotting skin after all.  Hopefully it will fall off soon!


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With my last baby, my midwife used goldenseal on it and it seemed to make a difference with the smell.  thumb.gif


 

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Yeah, it does stink!  My MW said to use a little hydrogen peroxide.  I only did that a couple times (also used goldenseal powder early on) and it did help with the stink.


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