Belly button bleeding on 3 week old - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 09:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
Agatha_Ann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi Mamas, I'm hoping someone can tell me this is nothing to worry about! My newborn's umbilical stump fell off at 9 days and has looked great until this morning. When we woke up, I went to change his diaper and his belly button was crusted with blood. It must have bled sometime during the night, but I don't ever turn a light on, so I am just seeing after the fact.

 

I called the family Dr when they opened and the nurse said to clean it with alcohol and if it starts to ooze, pus, swell, or develop redness to take him to the ER. You can imagine, 3 weeks postpartum, I am starting to panic.

 

Talk me down? Been there done that?

Agatha_Ann is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Marissamom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,535
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

both my kids had crusty belly buttons until maybe 5 weeks. I didn't do the clean with alcohol thing, just let the scab be. it takes some time for the belly button to fully close. 


Marissa, Partner to J geek.gif, SAHM to A (05/09)fly-by-nursing1.gif and I (03/11)stork-boy.gif. we cd.gif
selectivevax.gifdelayedvax.gifnocirc.giffemalesling.GIFecbaby2.gif part-time and familybed1.gif through infancy. planning ahomebirth.jpg
Marissamom is offline  
#3 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Blanca78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The eastern edge of the Middle West
Posts: 2,078
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I don't remember if there was blood or not, but I know my DD's stump was gross and oozy for about two weeks after the cord fell off. It just went away with time. There wasn't any redness or swelling around it so I wasn't worried. I think I remember reading that some blood could be normal.


Fiction writer by training, writer/editor of anything anyone will hire me for by trade. Me + D=my girls E (4/2011) and little N, 1/2014.

Blanca78 is offline  
#4 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 12:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
Agatha_Ann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've heard it can be normal for awhile after it falls off, I just haven't seen it be clear for two weeks and then start bleeding.

 

 

Thanks

Agatha_Ann is offline  
#5 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 1,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

With my first, her stump fell off in 3 stages and each time she'd have more bleeding that would last a couple days. There might been a portion of the stump still left in the belly button that didn't come off until the night you saw bleeding even if you thought it fell off in one piece.

 

In any case, there's not much you can do about it. Just leave it alone or clean it gently with alcohol if you are so inclined (I only ever dabbed around it to clean the surrounding area- I never wanted to touch the belly button itself). The only danger is an infection, so just look out for signs like your nurse said.

 

With my second her stump fell off completely at 2 days old with no bleeding ever. But she is weird and was also born en caul. I think she has special powers wink1.gif I think some naval bleeding happens to most babies but nobody really warns you.


Nik! Mama to Evelynn Rose 08/19/08 and Autumn Lily 11/02/10
holothuroidea is offline  
#6 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 12:52 PM
 
MarineWife's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: on the edge
Posts: 11,391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my baby's cord stump fell off at 5 days but his belly button continued to get crusty with blood every so often. it was continuous for the first few days and then sporadic since. he's 3 weeks, 3 days today and i haven't noticed any blood or scabbing for a couple of days. i'm not sure if it's completely healed yet because it's gone a couple of days with nothing before and then scabbed up again. I did clean with alcohol and then applied some Wishgarden CordCare. My midwife assured me it was normal and fine. I think that it's ok as long as it isn't actively bleeding (I mean blood actually flowing out of it) or pussy, swollen or smelly.

knit.gifSAHM to 3 boys and 1 man; 22 jammin.gif, 9REPlaySkateboard04HL.gif, 5 FIREdevil.gifand now 1 year oldtoddler.gif!

MarineWife is offline  
#7 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 01:02 PM
 
tooraloora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 309
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

That happened with my DS around the same time. I may have freaked a little and took him to the ER...Sheepish.gif He was fine.

tooraloora is offline  
#8 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 01:28 PM
 
MarineWife's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: on the edge
Posts: 11,391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tooraloora View Post

That happened with my DS around the same time. I may have freaked a little and took him to the ER...Sheepish.gif He was fine.


don't be embarrassed. if this weren't my 4th baby, i probably would have rushed to the ER, too. i still freaked out over it inside and searched the internet incessantly. i just called my midwife before doing anything else.

knit.gifSAHM to 3 boys and 1 man; 22 jammin.gif, 9REPlaySkateboard04HL.gif, 5 FIREdevil.gifand now 1 year oldtoddler.gif!

MarineWife is offline  
#9 of 16 Old 08-21-2011, 06:09 PM
 
matte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: (upper) Manhattan
Posts: 126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Happened to mine too. No biggie. Got a little crusty and oozy, and made some ooze marks on his diaper. His cord actually fell off right before my 1 wk well baby check-up and the practitioner told me just to keep it clean and continue to act as if it hadn't fallen off: sponge, not tub baths; fold down diaper. That's just until it stops being crusty. If blood actually FLOWS out you'll need to go to the ER. That can be related to a vit K deficiency and some genetic predispositions. The doc told me that if i DID have to go to the ER (and it did not happen, and she said it's rare) they'd stop the bleeding and give a vit K injection. End of story.

 

So... don't worry, but do be careful about diapers subbing on the belly button until the crust is gone.

matte is offline  
#10 of 16 Old 08-23-2011, 12:26 PM
 
iheartwren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 46
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I would keep watching it - my DD's oozed for 2 months and the pediatrician ended up having to help the wound close.  There was no danger but it just wasn't healing on its own so he used silver nitrate I think and it healed right up.

iheartwren is offline  
#11 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 12:52 AM
 
mad4mady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: California
Posts: 490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

dd had this for the first month. I took her to our ped and he told us to give her a bath everyday and that the water would help the area dry up. We didn't do anything else and it stopped bleeding and healed up within a week.

mad4mady is offline  
#12 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 1,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The water would help the area dry up? headscratch.gif
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by mad4mady View Post

dd had this for the first month. I took her to our ped and he told us to give her a bath everyday and that the water would help the area dry up. We didn't do anything else and it stopped bleeding and healed up within a week.



 


Nik! Mama to Evelynn Rose 08/19/08 and Autumn Lily 11/02/10
holothuroidea is offline  
#13 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 03:12 PM
 
mad4mady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: California
Posts: 490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I know sounds strange but it worked!

mad4mady is offline  
#14 of 16 Old 08-25-2011, 10:22 PM
 
guatemama1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 428
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by iheartwren View Post

I would keep watching it - my DD's oozed for 2 months and the pediatrician ended up having to help the wound close.  There was no danger but it just wasn't healing on its own so he used silver nitrate I think and it healed right up.



this is what we are dealing with right now, @5 weeks it still isn't closing, though not infected or anything, and our MW put silver nitrate on it yesterday... looks like it's closing now. sorta.


Mama to boy born 7/18/11 and another on the way in November '13  Rainbow.gif
 

guatemama1 is offline  
#15 of 16 Old 09-03-2011, 10:25 PM
 
thursday2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We had this happen - fell off after only 7 days, seemed to be closed, no real leakage issues, and then at about 3 or 4 weeks it was crusted in blood.  The pediatrician told us to just keep it clean and as dry as possible and call if it got infected.  It was black with dried blood in the creases for a good week, but we never saw it bleeding and it eventually just went away with no problems.

thursday2 is offline  
#16 of 16 Old 05-21-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Erica McCarroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Arent' you all dried out after you take a shower?

Erica McCarroll is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off