The Navel Of A 5 Month Old Baby Is Still Bleeding?
Hello … my child is 5 months old tomorrow October 5, but how come the navel still comes out pus, yeah, it’s not dry yet r nHave been brought by the midwife, she said she was allergic to detergent, I gave medicine now it hasn’t healed too … but the pus is also it doesn’t smell just like it’s not dry, why is it ok … Is it dangerous ??
Hello Nesti, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
Before that, I want to confirm first, does your child's navel really drain pus from the navel hole or does your child's navel look reddish lumps that look wet and festering?
A baby's navel will normally dry out and fall off on its own within 1-2 weeks of birth. If up to the age of 5 months your baby's navel is still oozing pus, this is an abnormal condition. The navel that does not dry out and drain pus may be caused by an infection in the navel area. Another possibility is the occurrence of an umbilical granuloma, which is when there is a red lump from inside the navel opening. It's a good idea to immediately take your baby to a pediatrician so that you can do a direct examination of your baby's navel.
If an infection is suspected, the doctor will do a swab on the pus for culture and antibiotics. If there is an umbilical granuloma, then your doctor can take certain steps to drain the granuloma. Actions that can be done include applying silver nitrate or binding the base of the granuloma.
Meanwhile, some of the things you can do at this time include:
Avoid touching the baby's navel. If you want to do maintenance or cleaning the navel, make sure you wash your hands with soap until they are completely clean.
Clean the navel area using gauze moistened with water (do not use cotton). You can also clean with a cotton swab. Air dry only, do not cover with diapers or clothes if not dry after cleaning.
Roll up the diaper so that it doesn't rub against the navel area
In the meantime, do not let the baby's navel area soaked in water. Bathe the baby carefully so that the navel is not wet / submerged in water, or just wipe the baby's body.
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