My sister's son is fixing to be 2 mths and his belly button is really red and looks raw. i was wondering if anyone has had this happen to their baby also?
The docter told her to wipe it with a little bit of alchol but the baby screams when she does it.
Baby Help Line:
Possible Umbilical Granuloma
When a baby's belly button is red and sore, it can be an umbilical granuloma, which in plain English means that instead of healing completely when the umbilical cord stump fell off, some tissue remained. It happens in around 1 of 500 newborn babies.
The most common treatment for an umbilical granuloma is silver nitrate, which is applied to help the wound dry up. If it doesn't work, or the umbilical granuloma is too serious, the doctor may suggest surgery instead. But most of the times, the silver nitrate will do the job.
Since the alcohol is painful for your baby, call his doctor back and tell him about it, and discuss silver nitrate instead!