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Anyone have their baby's stump still attached at 4 weeks? This is my third child and neither of my other children had this problem. The cord was treated with the dye at the hospital, and I have been keeping it dry, and cleaning with alcohol thoroughly 6 times a day. There is no foul smell, so I don't think it's infected. It doesn't look like it's going to detach any time soon. So I am thinking the worst---immune disorder or something. I would love to hear from those of you that experienced this with one of their babies, and what course of action was taken, if any.
 

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hmmm, i haven't heard of this...but i was going to suggest something like goldenseal powder instead of alcohol...keeps it clean and helps keep it dry too.
 

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My midwife said the more alcohol you put on it the longer it lasts. My DD's was gone by day 6. I applied no alcohol. HTH
 

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my last 2 babies stumps lasted until 7 weeks. I was not concerned. Neither was the ped. I didn't apply alcohol but maybe once a day after bath.
 

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Yep. With two of my kids I used alcohol and goldenseal (DD#2 only) and they didn't heal for at least three weeks. With my youngest (UC) I used <b>nothing</b> and the stump was gone in two days.<br><br>
So my advice would be to try nothing and see how that goes.
 

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You aren't supposed to use alcohol because it kills the good bacteria along with the bad. I've never heard of putting dye on it.
 

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Ditto. I used alcohol on my oldest ds's and it took a couple of weeks. My youngest ds's was gone in 4 days and I didn't use any alcohol.
 
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