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Umbilical Cord Care (cont.)

Outlook

  • The umbilical stump is what's left of the umbilical cord after it is cut in the delivery room.

  • Keep the stump clean and dry until it falls off, usually by two weeks.

  • Omphalitis is a potentially serious infection of the umbilicus.

  • An umbilical granuloma is a common treatable condition.

  • Persistent bleeding from the stump should be evaluated by a medical provider.

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