My sister’s son is soon 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 doctor told her to wipe it with a little bit of alchol but the baby screams when she does it.Is there anything else she can try to make the belly button heal?
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, combined with application of absorbable hemostatic materials. This latter treatment has shown to be very effective and without healing issues. Silver nitrate has sometimes been reported to burn the tissue around the granuloma and also to not always help, so it can be worth discussing surgery with a doctor if the granuloma is severe or bothering the baby.
Since the alcohol is painful for your sister’s baby, tell her to call his doctor back and discuss other treatment options!
Hope this helps,
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