Baby Care Advice » Caring for Baby’s Belly Button http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 MY BABY’S BELLY BUTTON IS STICKING OUT ALOT…KIND OF SCARY..WHAT TO DO? http://birthpolicy.org/492/my-babys-belly-button-is-sticking-out-alot-kind-of-scary-what-to-do/ http://birthpolicy.org/492/my-babys-belly-button-is-sticking-out-alot-kind-of-scary-what-to-do/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:00:21 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/492/my-babys-belly-button-is-sticking-out-alot-kind-of-scary-what-to-do/

Question by Lexie♥ Mommy2 a beautiful boy♥:
My baby’s belly button is sticking out alot…Kind of scary..What to do?

Ok i have heard of putting a baby belly button band or whatever around it,
And his is sticking out a lot that it looks scary,
personally this is not cosmetic reasons, cause i could care less if he as an innie or outtie
But the pediatrician seemed to not care,
and stated well it will go away by 5 years old,
and it might not, and it might need surgery..
I will not do the quarter thing, cause that quarter probably has been touched by
alot of germs, any experience with this??

He is 2 months and 1 weeks old.


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Answer by Baby Isabella born 1/19/10
My baby’s did too but it’s starting to go in now (7 months old). Do not try to force it. Just let it be.

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NEWBORN BELLY BUTTON CARE? http://birthpolicy.org/410/newborn-belly-button-care/ http://birthpolicy.org/410/newborn-belly-button-care/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:39 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/410/newborn-belly-button-care/ Question by princesstheruler:
newborn belly button care?

hi, my sister had a preemie and he was in the ncu for a month, when his cord came off my mother told her to tell the nurses to put a bandage over it so it would not be an outie – the nurses never did and they told my sister that it doesn’t matter if you put a bandage or not, if it’s going to be an outie it’s going to be one, is this true because i put one on my full term baby and his did not turn out an outie but my nephews is an outie now and my sister is really upset. does anyone know if not putting the bandage was a bad call on the nurses part?


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Answer by Know it all!
Putting a bandage or covering the belly button with anything will NOT keep the child from having an outtie. The shape of the belly button is based on many things. The main cause of an outtie is the way the cord is cut and clamped at birth. Also, an outie can be a sign of a herniated belly button.
Most outtie’s will correct themselves before the age of 5. If not, check with your pediatrician.

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SHOULD THE BABY’S BELLY BUTTON BE CARED THE SAME WAY AS WHEN IT HAD THE STUMP? http://birthpolicy.org/347/should-the-babys-belly-button-be-cared-the-same-way-as-when-it-had-the-stump/ http://birthpolicy.org/347/should-the-babys-belly-button-be-cared-the-same-way-as-when-it-had-the-stump/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:59 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/347/should-the-babys-belly-button-be-cared-the-same-way-as-when-it-had-the-stump/ Question by YARE_SO:
Should the baby’s belly button be cared the same way as when it had the stump?

My 2 week old lost his umbilical stump this day and I was wondering if the care is the same as before it fell. His daddy told me yesterday that I do not open the belly button and I do not really know if I should or not, and if cleaning should be from outside or… How do I clean it?


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Answer by Fuego
Just do not pay any extra attention to it. When bathing your baby, just wash her belly button as you wash the rest of her skin. Do not open it.

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MY INFANTS BLEEDING UMBILICAL HERNIA? http://birthpolicy.org/304/my-infants-bleeding-umbilical-hernia/ http://birthpolicy.org/304/my-infants-bleeding-umbilical-hernia/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 01:01:53 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/304/my-infants-bleeding-umbilical-hernia/ Question by Mommy:
My infants bleeding umbilical hernia?

My tiny girl is 6 weeks old and about 2 weeks ago i noticed an umbilical hernia. I went to her pediatricians office and the physician we saw stated not to worry about it until she was a year old (whit no real reason as to why) and to ignore the consistent oozing of white and light brown fluid. three days later I woke up to find her belly button bleeding slowly. Worried I called the pediatrician again and got a same day appointment with a different doctor. He explained things a tiny more clearly stating that they wait a year to operate because baby is too small for anesthesia and surgery, but again stated not to worry about it until she was a year old and also added the recommendation that in a week or two he could “burn off the tiny red thing” which he stated was just “left over umbilical cord”. Its been two days since that visit and my tiny girl has been extra fussy and screams bloody murder constantly when she is awake- even when being fed or while she is in a comforted nearly asleep mode.
Tonight I finally did a tiny research on the umbilical hernia and found that “the tiny red thing” my physician wanted to burn off like a wart is actually part of her intestines. Is burning off her intestines really a good idea? It screams red flag to me. Nothing I found so far has mentioned how to care for a herniated umbilical cord or how to treat the bleeding. I am very concerned that my daughter’s intestine is bing choked off because all of the painful and sad faces that she never used to do until a few days ago, bleeding, discomfort, difficulty urinating and passing stools and gas.

My questions:
1. How does one care for a herniated umbilical cord?
2. Is bleeding “normal” or is it something I need to be concerned about
3. Are these crappy pediatricians and I need to go somewhere better
4. Is there another substitute than waiting a whole year to get surgery done?
5. Do I need to take my baby to the hospital or ER?

Monday I plan on calling the pediatrician and asking more questions, but in order to do so I would most likely have to schedule an appointment and who knows how long that could take.
Her temperature is normal and she is fine and happy for about an hour after passing stool and all gas.
Up until the day her belly button was bleeding, she was a very happy baby and only cried or fussed when she was hungry or need to burp. She was starting to get a sleep schedule down on her own and would sleep through the night minus feedings and diaper changes.
Ive been living with my parents for this past two weeks and my mother is even concerned and convinced there is something not right when it comes to her current pain with her belly (and shes had a lot of kids).


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Answer by Alice
I would take her temp before doing anything else, it sounds like she could have an infection. If she is screaming that bad you should take her in, I am not one to dull the pain by just giving a baby tylenol, I like to fix the source of the pain instead. That stated are you sure it is her hernia that is causing the pain, could she have gas or other issues and your worry over her belly causing you to miss something simple?

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HOW DO I CARE FOR MY BABY’S BELLY BUTTON ONCE THE AMBILICAL CORD STUMP FALLS OFF? http://birthpolicy.org/254/how-do-i-care-for-my-babys-belly-button-once-the-ambilical-cord-stump-falls-off/ http://birthpolicy.org/254/how-do-i-care-for-my-babys-belly-button-once-the-ambilical-cord-stump-falls-off/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:53:43 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/254/how-do-i-care-for-my-babys-belly-button-once-the-ambilical-cord-stump-falls-off/ Question by cj8307:
How do I care for my baby’s belly button once the ambilical cord stump falls off?

My daughter is 11 days old and her ambilical stump has fallen off. How do I care for her belly button since the stump is gone? My mother told me to cover the are with a gauze and applying neo..It looks a bit sore and I am scared that she is in pain. Please help!!!


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Answer by Mommy x2
After the cord falls off just wash her as normal in the bath.It doesn’t need any extra special care unless it looks infected, then take her to the pediatrician .

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WHY DO SOME PARENTS HAVE THEIR INFANT’S EARS PIERCED, BUT OBJECT TO A TEEN GETTING A NAVAL PIERCING? http://birthpolicy.org/179/why-do-some-parents-have-their-infants-ears-pierced-but-object-to-a-teen-getting-a-naval-piercing/ http://birthpolicy.org/179/why-do-some-parents-have-their-infants-ears-pierced-but-object-to-a-teen-getting-a-naval-piercing/#comments Fri, 08 Oct 2010 11:06:24 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/179/why-do-some-parents-have-their-infants-ears-pierced-but-object-to-a-teen-getting-a-naval-piercing/ Question by ……..:
Why do some parents have their infant’s ears pierced, but object to a teen getting a naval piercing?

A few days ago a woman asked a question here about getting her toddler’s ears pierced, and most of the people who answered thought it was perfectly fine. That same day, someone else asked about a 15-year-old wanting to get her naval pierced, and most wrote that they thought she should have to wait until she was 18 to get the piercing, and thought it was “trashy and tacky.” (And earrings on a baby aren’t?) Why is it acceptable to pierce the ears of an infant who can’t even give consent or verbalize to you if she develops an allergic reaction to the earring or finds them to be annoying to wear, but it’s not okay for a teenager to get her belly button pierced? As for me, I got my ears pierced when I was seven and soon realized I was allergic to the metal in the earring, which made me incredibly sympathetic to young babies who can’t even explain how they feel, and my navel pierced (with a different type of ring, obviously) when I was on vacation at 15. I took it out after about a year, but when I had it in it was only ever visible to others when I was at the beach. I wear a uniform to school, and never walked around with my naval exposed in public with the exception of being on the beach, so why is that a larger deal than a baby with earrings? Both piercings can get infections, but at least a teen could take care of it herself.
Moira A – I am not bitter in the least, and did not mean to come across that way.
One more mention to Moira – it was admirable that you handled so much as a teen. I have been working for quite some time myself, purely because I want to, but never had that level of responsibility put on me. I paid for the naval piercing myself (it was very affordable anyway), and could have paid for any doctor’s bills if they had been needed, but thankfully they were not. My parents were not happy with the naval ring at first, but they did not give me too much grief over it.

I, and many of my friends, got the naval piercings for ourselves. It was sort of empowering for me. I also get henna tattoos (which are temporary) for the same reason – self expression.

I mainly asked the question because I am curious about the double standards in society, not for personal reasons.


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Answer by Just Call Me G
Its all about personal views and beliefs. Its even a cultural thing in some places. Some moms just feel like ear piercings are perfectly acceptable, but anything else is inappropriate. Its all views and society and culture and each other factor you can think of. Less than 75 years ago, even having your ears pierced was viewed as inappropriate on a lady. I remember my grandmother saying “Only sluts had their ears pierced in my day”.

My view is that ALL piercings should be the choice of the child. Those babies did not ask to have their ears pierced. The parents just decided to do it because THEY thought it looked cute. That bugs me. To each their own though. When my daughter asks to have her ears pierced, she can have them done (after we discuss the responsibility and care they require). When she asks for something else pierced, we will discuss that too. I am absolutely open to it. Especially since they are removable.

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CARING FOR BELLY BUTTON AND CIRCUMCISION? http://birthpolicy.org/120/caring-for-belly-button-and-circumcision/ http://birthpolicy.org/120/caring-for-belly-button-and-circumcision/#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:06:23 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/120/caring-for-belly-button-and-circumcision/ Question by ☆Jacks Mom☆:
Caring for belly button and circumcision?

I’ve been a nanny for many infants and lately now that my baby is due soon I have been becoming more and more terrified. My latest fear is I will do something wrong with caring for his belly button or circumcision and they will become infected.
I do not know why I am so freaked out lately but it’s so bad. Is the care process for the belly button and circumcision really that bad or fairly easy? My family is teasing me because I am older and have watched kids my entire adult life and I am starting to worry over everything.


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Answer by kissthestarsgoodbye
most moms go through the worrying phase. just make sure you keep the areas clean at all times. and with the belly button use those huggies diapers with the belly button space. they are wonders. i myself went through the worry phase while i was pregnant thinking someone was going to break into my home or i was going to be attacked. but its just the maternal instinct kicking in..

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BABIES BELLY BUTTON BLEEDING AFTER UMBILICAL CORDS FALS OFF AND HEALED? http://birthpolicy.org/28/babies-belly-button-bleeding-after-umbilical-cords-fals-off-and-healed/ http://birthpolicy.org/28/babies-belly-button-bleeding-after-umbilical-cords-fals-off-and-healed/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 07:01:04 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/28/babies-belly-button-bleeding-after-umbilical-cords-fals-off-and-healed/ Question by Andrew J:
babies belly button bleeding after umbilical cords fals off and healed?

My son is about nearly 1 month old and his umbilical cord has fell off and looks as if its healed up. Its been about a 2 weeks since is has fell off and healed but I have seen dried up blood inside his belly button a few times now. Ive taken him to his ped. and she stated everything is alright but….just a cares of the worries being a new father and all. Has anyone else has thier babies belly button bleed like that and for how long after and until it stops?


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Answer by Ethel
He never actually had active bleeding did he? None that you saw right? Then it’s fine, all babies have scabby belly buttons for a couple weeks after the cord comes off, it’s just the rest of the material that is not being made into part of the belly button being shed away.

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