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June 2008 > Cord stump torn off?!
Halfasianmomma's Avatar Halfasianmomma 12:01 PM 07-19-2008
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?

skg_7's Avatar skg_7 12:14 PM 07-19-2008
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.
LianneM's Avatar LianneM 12:17 PM 07-19-2008
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.
kltroy's Avatar kltroy 02:21 PM 07-19-2008
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...
Twwly's Avatar Twwly 02:37 PM 07-19-2008
Originally Posted by LianneM View Post
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.

In early (gooey, bloodier) days I squirted some breastmilk on it. Way nicer feeling than alcohol and better for healing too!
mandalin24kd's Avatar mandalin24kd 02:44 PM 07-19-2008
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.
JustVanessa's Avatar JustVanessa 06:56 PM 07-19-2008
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.
BirthFree's Avatar BirthFree 08:09 PM 07-19-2008
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.