Does a smelly umbilical cord mean infection?
In most cases, the umbilical cord stump dries up and falls off the newborn within the first few weeks of life. But sometimes an infection can develop. This may cause the area around the cord to swell and become inflamed, red, or tender. There may be cloudy, discolored, or bad-smelling discharge from the cord.
Is umbilical cord odor normal?
It’s normal for the cord stump to be a little smelly. If smell becomes strong, if there’s oozing, redness around the stump base, bleeding or infection, take your baby along to his doctor.
What do you clean a newborn’s umbilical cord with?
During the time the cord is healing it should be kept as clean and as dry as possible. A sponge bath is the best way to clean your baby until the umbilical cord falls off. To give a sponge bath, dip a soft cloth in the warm water and wring out the excess. If needed, a mild soap can be used in the water.
Can I clean umbilical cord with peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide, wetted on a gauze or cotton ball, is perhaps the best choice for cleaning. A little mildly soapy water can also be used. (Rubbing alcohol was recommended in the past, but it tends to cause rashes). Grasp the cord with your fingers, and pull up gently.
Why does my baby umbilical cord smell bad?
The normal bacteria in the area helps the cord decay and separate, typically within a week or two. If the cord stump gets murky, brown, gooey, and smells like decaying flesh, just know it’s because it IS decaying flesh – and it smells horrid. Wipe away the grossness, keep it dry, and it’ll soon fall off.
What causes smelly belly button?
Most belly buttons are indented so act as a trap for sweat, dead skin, and dirt. Few people wash the belly button with soap so germs can develop. The most common cause for a belly button smell is poor hygiene. All areas of the body need to be washed regularly to stay clean and healthy.
Can you cover umbilical cord with diaper?
Keep the stump dry. Researchers now say this might kill bacteria that can help the cord dry and separate. Instead, expose the stump to air to help dry out the base. Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump.