by Elizabeth M.
(Grovetown, GA, USA)
When my baby lost his umbilical stump, his belly button did not close properly so the doctor put silver nitrate on it.
It finally closed up about two days later. He is four months old now and it seems to be reopening a little bit. Is this something that will heal on its own or do I need to take him back to the doctor to be evaluated?
Baby Help Line:
Baby’s Umbilical Granuloma Coming Back
If your son’s umbilical granuloma appears to be coming back, you’d probably want to discuss it with his doctor. Depending on how it develops, a new treatment with silver nitrate or other treatment may be recommended.
Unless the granuloma appears to be infected or is oozing, you probably don’t have worry much about it, but if you think it did heal completely before, it is a bit odd that it is coming back now. Most likely it didn’t heal 100% previously, and is now showing a bit again.
It is not likely to be a big issue, but have it checked out.
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