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#1 of 8 Old 07-19-2008, 11:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I feel so bad about this; I was changing Alia's diaper this morning when I noticed that there were flecks of dried blood in the diaper. I inched up a bit and realized that they were from her cord stump, which is nowhere to be found. I thought it was supposed to dry gradually and fall off on its own, but somehow, she's managed to tear it off, probably because she's such a wiggler.

What do I do?
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No worries. She's a week old today, right? Much of the time, the cord stump falls off between 5 and 7 days, anyway. She'll be fine! Just keep an eye on the area to be sure it's not getting infecting, but I wouldn't do anything at all except maybe a once daily swab with a clean Q-tip dipped in water.
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I agree, it's probably fine. DD's is still showing a tiny bit of blood once in a while and she's 3 weeks old now. It just has to heal.

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This happenef to Claire at 8 days and we were also worried. We called our doc and were told to keep it clean and gently brush aroun\d it with alcohol until it looked like a belly button (ie not gooy ay all). If it got red or inflamed looking take her in immediately. We switched to disposable dipes for about 5 days until it healed b/c it was easier to keep them off the area. I think it was the cloth diapers that rubbed on the stump that made it fall off by accident...

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I agree, it's probably fine. DD's is still showing a tiny bit of blood once in a while and she's 3 weeks old now. It just has to heal.
Yup.

In early (gooey, bloodier) days I squirted some breastmilk on it. Way nicer feeling than alcohol and better for healing too!

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It's normal for it to bleed. Take a deep breath mama

Dd2's bled and then for about 2 weeks it still had a little blood and seepage. It's normal.
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At Billy's one week check up I was taking his diaper off to weigh him and caught his cord with my rings and tore it off. I cried.
Doc said it was fine, just clean the site with warm water. It healed up perfectly.

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Jade's came off super quick (before the first week was done) and is just now not having a lot of dried blood on it (and she's 4w tomorrow). So it just takes time. The boys didn't loose their until after a week but they did not have any dried blood after it fell off... so I think they just heal according to their own timing.

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