You asked: What do I do if my baby’s belly button is infected?

Contact your doctor immediately if you notice red, tender skin around the cord or pus draining from the stump. You should also contact a doctor if your baby develops a fever or other signs of infection. Your baby has the best shot at a full recovery if treatment is started promptly.

How do I treat my baby’s belly button infection?

Antibiotic Ointment for Pus:

  1. If any pus is present, use an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin).
  2. No prescription is needed.
  3. Put a tiny amount on the belly button.
  4. Do this 2 times per day after the area has been cleaned.
  5. Do this for 2 days. After that, use the antibiotic ointment only if you see more pus.

How do you treat an infected belly button?

To treat an infection

Keep the skin of your belly button clean and dry. Use an antifungal powder or cream to clear up a yeast infection. For a bacterial infection, your doctor might recommend using an antibiotic ointment. Some infections may require oral antibiotic treatment, incision and drainage of the cyst, or both.

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When should I be concerned about my baby’s belly button?

When to see a doctor

Also, a doctor needs to examine a newborn’s belly button if there are any signs of infection, including: pus or cloudy, foul-smelling drainage from the belly button area. red, warm skin surrounding the umbilical cord stump area. a fever of over 100.4°F.

How do you treat an unhealed umbilical cord?

How can you care for your child at home?

  1. Clean the area at least once a day and as needed during diaper changes or baths. Soak a cotton swab in warm water and mild soap. Squeeze out the excess water. …
  2. Keep the area dry. Keep your baby’s diaper folded below the navel until the granuloma is healed.

Will a belly button infection go away on its own?

Though it usually disappears by the time you’re born, sometimes it remains. You might not notice it, but if it’s completely open, your navel may be wet as urine flows up and even leaks out. Your doctor will do surgery to repair the problem.

What does an infected belly button look like newborn?

While slight bleeding is normal and usually nothing to be concerned about, signs of infection may include: red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord. pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord. a bad smell coming from the cord.

Is belly button infection serious?

If your belly button is “leaking” clear or colored discharge or blood, you may have a bacterial, fungal, or yeast infection. Crusty skin, strong odor, itching, and redness are also signs of infection. If discharge and crust stick around after you wash your belly button, you should see your doctor.

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How long does a belly button infection last?

Infections are usually minor. Symptoms can include pain, redness, and swelling, and improving hygiene can help. Complete healing can take 9–12 months.

What are the symptoms of a belly button infection?

Some general symptoms of an infection in the belly button include:

  • redness or skin discoloration in or around the belly button.
  • itching or swelling of the affected skin.
  • a tender mass that bleeds or releases a foul-smelling discharge.
  • fever or chills.
  • nausea or vomiting.

How do you get rid of a baby’s belly button hernia?

How Are Umbilical Hernias Treated?

  1. Give anesthesia so the child sleeps through the procedure and won’t feel any pain.
  2. Make a small incision (cut) in the skin.
  3. Move the intestine back into place.
  4. Close the hole or weak spot in the muscle with stitches.

How do I know if my baby has an umbilical hernia?

Symptoms of umbilical hernia include: A slight swelling or even a bulge near the belly button. The spot becomes larger and harder when the baby cries, coughs, or strains, due to the increase of pressure on the abdomen. Under normal circumstances, the hernia is not painful to the touch.

Do umbilical hernias go away in babies?

Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. But some children get or still have an umbilical hernia when they are infants or toddlers. Umbilical hernias almost always close on their own as a child grows. But sometimes surgery is needed.

Why is my baby’s belly button not healing?

Sometimes the belly button does not heal completely and moist red tissue forms over the stump site, often with a lump present. This is called a ‘granuloma’. It is usually harmless, but you should ask your doctor or child and family nurse to have a look at it.

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Does cauterizing belly button hurt?

After a treatment, a little bit of dark discharge from the area is nothing to worry about, and sometimes there is some temporary staining of the skin. Furthermore, the procedure is not painful to the baby. He or she cries because the medicine is applies with a stick inside the belly button.

How do you clean a baby’s belly button?

Wet a clean baby washcloth thoroughly and ring it out so that it’s not sopping wet. Wipe your baby’s skin in gentle strokes, avoiding the belly button. Focus on the neck folds and armpits, where milk or formula often collects. Let your baby’s skin air dry as long as possible, then pat dry.

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