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Old 02-20-2008, 06:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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(brief history first) When my twins were born at home we used regular cord clamps, clamping about 4in from the tummy. Later retied with embroidery floss and cut off the clamps, leaving the normal length. Both stumpies fell off by 5 days which I thought was quick considering how fast the previous two kids' had taken 2+ weeks. We treated the stumps with just saline. When the stumps fell off, both belly buttons looked quite raw and almost still open. Shira's healed well and has stayed healed. Miriam still (at 7mo) has issues.

Every 3 - 4 weeks, it "flares up". Bright red and oozy. I've tried just using saline to wash it and dry it out. Soap and water and rinse and dry. During diaper changes, I'll dry it out. Used A&D ointment once and that didn't work. I've tried looking in deep and it still seems open? Doesn't seem to bother her, but it's such an angry bright red that I wonder what it could be and if it has some sort of infection. Babies haven't been to a ped since they were 2 days old, and ped (only one OK with no vax) won't be back in country until mid-March.

Any ideas on what it could be? Other treatment options? We really try to avoid going to ped at all.

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I know you don't like the idea of going to a doctor, but I think it would be a good idea. I mean, it sounds like the "wound" has never closed, and it may have access directly into your baby's abdomen, which could spread an infection. A hole in your baby that hasn't closed in 7 months sounds like a good reason to go to the doc.

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I know you don't like the idea of going to a doctor, but I think it would be a good idea. I mean, it sounds like the "wound" has never closed, and it may have access directly into your baby's abdomen, which could spread an infection. A hole in your baby that hasn't closed in 7 months sounds like a good reason to go to the doc.
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Maybe it's a umbilical granuloma?
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Possible, but if it is, it's really tiny because I don't see anything.

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