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Umbilical Granuloma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is an umbilical granuloma?

An umbilical granuloma is scar tissue on your baby's umbilicus (belly button). This tissue may be left behind on your baby's belly button after the umbilical cord falls off.

What causes an umbilical granuloma?

The cause of an umbilical granuloma may not be known. A granuloma may be caused by extra moisture. A granuloma may develop when an umbilical cord takes longer than usual (more than a few weeks) to fall off.

What are the signs and symptoms of an umbilical granuloma?

An umbilical granuloma does not usually cause pain. Your baby may have any of the following signs or symptoms:

How is an umbilical granuloma treated?

Your baby's umbilical granuloma may get better without treatment. You may need to apply rubbing alcohol, cream, or ointment to help the tissue dry out and fall off. Talk to your baby's healthcare provider about the best way to treat your baby's granuloma.

How can I manage my baby's umbilical granuloma?

Umbilical Cord Care

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my baby's doctor?

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