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Old 08-27-2006, 02:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The baby's stump fell off at 6 days, but I think it may have been ripped off by a blanket. Her belly button is still really crusty and stinky, and sometimes bleeds brown blood. It's gooey, but I don't think it's infected, b/c it's not puss and it doesn't hurt her when I clean it. I have been using witch hazel to clean it out on occasion, but it's still smelly and gross. Is this normal? It didn't happen with DD#1's.

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Is there still some cord remaining, maybe tucked inside? If you clean it with a q-tip can you get in the creases? Our pediatrician had us use a q-tip dipped in calendula tincture with Ryan because it was taking a long time to heal (months) even though there was no obvious cord left.
A.J.'s took a while too. They each have cute swirly-shaped flat belly buttons though!
Luckily Nate's fell off in 5 days, and I only wiped it once with rubbing alcohol.
Will you be seeing a pediatrician soon? Maybe they can check it out. But I bet it'll heal soon if you can keep stuff from rubbing on it and maybe air it out as much as possible.

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We see her dr on Wednesday for the first time, so I will have her take a look at it. It's just getting yuck all over her clothes, I don't want all her cute little outfits to be ruined. I have gotten really in there with a q-tip, there doesn't seem to be any cord stump left. I'm at a loss.

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i haven't had mine yet but i remember that ds's cord had fallen off but he still had a scab almost over his belly button BUT it wasn't completely attached. you could see some "gunk" under it and it was smelly and stained his clothes too. i remember trading off using water and alcohol i think. the alcohol sometimes when i completely cleaned it out and disinfected it and then every time i thought it was starting to get on his clothes i would try to wipe it all away.
i do remember the smell of it though!! i was worred about it but i think by about 2 weeks it was completely gone and just a cute little belly button was left. i did ask my dr though.
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Joshua's cord came off last Sunday (7 days old). It was also stinky and full of yuck. I used hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip to clean it out for a day or two and it is fine now. The peroxide bubbles up any leftover blood/tissue from the cord and isn't as drying to the skin.

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cord care powder works really good, too. It is goldenseal root powder.
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I second the goldenseal root powder! Works really well for drying up the gunk.
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