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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An umbilical granuloma is scar tissue on your baby's umbilicus (belly button). This tissue may be left behind on his belly button after his umbilical cord falls off.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your baby has a large amount of foul-smelling yellow, brown, or bloody drainage from his belly button.
- Your baby cries when you touch his belly button or the skin around it.
Contact your baby's healthcare provider if:
- Your baby has a fever.
- Your baby has redness or swelling around the belly button.
- Your baby is not eating well.
- Your baby spits up large amounts frequently.
- Your baby goes 1 or more days without having a bowel movement, which is unusual for your baby.
- You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.
- A cream or ointment may help the tissue dry out and fall off.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Care for your baby:
- Change your baby's diaper frequently. This will decrease moisture and help the granuloma heal. Keep his diaper below his belly button to prevent urine from soaking the area.
- Sponge bathe your baby. This will keep the granuloma dry and help it fall off faster. It will also prevent the granuloma from getting infected. Do not give your baby a bath or soak his belly button in water.
- Apply rubbing alcohol to the granuloma as directed. This may help the tissue dry out and fall off. Ask your healthcare provider where to buy rubbing alcohol and how often to apply it.
- Apply cream or ointment to the granuloma as directed.
- Wash your hands and put on gloves.
- Place gauze over the skin around your baby's belly button. This will prevent burns or damage to his healthy skin.
- Apply the medicine as directed.
- Remove your gloves, throw them away, and wash your hands.
Follow up with your baby's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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