Summary of my experience with Umbilical Granuloma
After I described the condition of my babies navel in the first post of this thread, 'umbilical granuloma' was mentioned.
From the description of it and descriptions of similar conditions I concluded it sounds like the umbilical granuloma:
See another description of the UG: http://www.drhull.com/EncyMaster/U/u...granuloma.html
|What is an umbilical granuloma?
An umbilical granuloma is a piece of tissue that remains on your baby's belly button after the umbilical cord falls off. Rather than healing up and becoming covered with skin, a bright red stalk of tissue remains on the belly button. It has a grainy surface and produces sticky mucus. Without treatment, it could ooze and become an irritation for several months.
This is what my baby had, a piece of flesh, pinkish left inside the bellybutton, and the bellybutton constantly wet and sticky even if dried out with a cotton bud at each diaper change. It wasn't bleeding, just oozing sticky clear fluid that formed a yellow crust if it dried outside the bellybutton.
Majikfaerie then mentioned putting on salt is supposed to help.
So I searched for this and found the study
I mentioned earlier posted in another thread on MDC.
For those who didn't read the study
. The salt treatment consists of applying a pinch of common salt over the lesion (the piece of flesh inside the bellybutton) for half an hour. Thereafter, the lesion would be cleansed using a cotton ball soaked in boiled water.
The procedure is repeated twice a day for three consecutive days.
In some cases, the procedure was only carried out for one day, and no evidence of the Granuloma was apparent on the third day.
Before the salt treatment you can see in the picture on the right the piece of flesh inside my babies bellybutton when the bellybutton was held open:http://pixelshack.com/img/55711navel.jpg
The left picture shows how no air could come in there to dry it without being held open, so even at 7 weeks of age it had not healed, just continued oozing sticky fluid every day and being closed by the sticky fluid.What I did
I did the salt application for 1 day (two treatments) and as described in the study there was some blood appearing inside the bellybutton, well the study described it as "discharge of a cherry black secretion from the lesion on the first day of therapy, after which, frank shrinkage and gradual healing of the lesion was apparent".
I think one should be aware that it will bleed and so I prefer to say blood rather than a cherry black secretion, lol.
The small piece of pink flesh turned dark red after the first salt application. At that time it didn't shrink yet. After the second salt application the slight bleeding continued and hours later, like majic, the piece of flesh almost disappeared! When holding the bellybutton open it was already hard to find. Absolutely amazing.
Like they say in the study, after only 1 day (two salt applications) I hardly felt it necessary to complete the recommended three day course of treatment, because the flesh was hardly there now and there was no longer any sticky fluid discharge, it stayed pretty dry now.
On the second day I had no chance to do the salt application, because I was doing it without DPs approval and it was already hard enough to put the salt into the bellybutton secretly and then hide the bleeding on the first day.
On the second day there must have still been a tiny bit of blood that came out and DP must have seen it as being a bit red and asked if I had put anything in. I hate lying, I just said I kept it dry all day long like the doctor said and that I think its healing now ...
: Thankfully it mustn't have looked like real bleeding anymore or else we would have been off to hospital.
On the third day, when looking carefully I could still see a tiny bit of the fleshy bit deep inside the bellybutton, but no sticky discharge anymore. Still I was worried it might grow back or something, so I managed one more salt application for 30 minutes on the beginning of the 3rd day.
First there was no bleeding at all, not like the first day, after 5, 6 hours a tiny bit and after that it was all dry and now I can't find the bit of flesh at all anymore.
I will see maybe I put salt in once more just to make sure, but this absolutely amazing how quickly and well this worked.