The umbilical cord is a tube-like structure that connects a baby to its mother through the placenta. While the baby is in the womb, it carries nutrients and oxygen from the placenta into the baby’s body, and then carries waste material out.
When a baby is born, the umbilical cord is usually supposed to be left intact until it has stopped pulsating and providing much needed nutrients and oxygen to your baby.
Once the cord has been cut, the baby will be left with a small, purplish stump which is clipped. This stump will fall off at some stage in the next weeks or months.
During this stage, it’s important to look after the area to avoid infection and irritation which can cause the belly button to bleed.
Most umbilical cord areas heal with no issues, especially if you keep the area dry and allow it time to air out however If your baby’s umbilical cord is bleeding actively or hasn’t fallen off after two months, you should see a doctor.
Some Causes Of Baby Belly Button Bleeding And What To Do If It Happens
Baby belly button bleeding can be caused by various reasons such as:
- When the umbilical stump begins to separate from the body
- When the umbilical stump has just fallen off
- When their clothes or diaper rubs against the umbilical stump causing chaffing
What to do
- You should never pull on the umbilical stump as this can increase the bleeding or cause infection. The umbilical stump will shrivel and turn black before it drops off on its own and exposing the stump to air will help speed up the process and make it dry faster.
- Ensure your baby’s diapers and clothes are not rubbing against the stump, as this can cause irritation. Choose loose fitting clothes made with delicate materials for your baby. Also, try folding your baby’s diaper down under the stump.
- Try to keep the stump from coming in contact with urine or poo. If you have a baby boy, you should position his penis so it is pointing down in the nappy to try and prevent the stump from getting covered in urine. However, if the umbilical stump gets covered in wee or poo, make sure you clean it as soon as possible.
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