Belly button issue

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Kier's picture
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Belly button issue

So, Kellen's stump is in the process of falling off. Just hanging on by a thread at the moment. I was looking at it and it looks like bus under it? Its not green, but kinda milky looking. Also, the skin in there isnt red or hot, so Im not sure that its a real infection. All of my other kids had theirs pulled off at 2 weeks and the doc used something to treat the ooz/weeping. Is this a normal part of the healing prosess, or should I take him in?

Also, there are little bits of the stump left in a couple of spots... Should I try wiping then off or do I just leave it?

Another thing is that Kellen is throwing up more and getting more and more fussy. To the point that its really hard to calm him. I tried a new nuk, and he actually took it, but it did very little to soothe him. Hell be sleeping just fine, and all of a sudden scream like hes in pain. He also just seems more fideting andrestless. Dd had acid reflux, but was never as puky or like this.

belindab's picture
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Amaris's cord stump fell off really early, at 6 days old. It was still a little raw and milky loking like you described so the ped used a q-tip looking thing with med on it to seal it off. As long as it's not red or hot and there's no bad odor, I'd give it a few days. As for the fussiness, Amaris di the same thing. The boys wer all very content babies but my poor girl just seemed uncomfortable all the time. She did like you described. she be ok one second and then screaming the next. She also started spitting up quite a bit. We talked to the ped and she prescribed her zantac and it really seems to be helping. She seems so much more content and her fussing has greatly decreased. Maybe give your doc a call and see what they recommend.

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Kellen's stump sounds like Piper's. She actually left a little bit of blood on her clothes today, but it's not actively bleeding. I agree with Belinda- if the skin around it isn't red, it's not oozing pus, not actively bleeding, and doesn't have a bad odor, then I would give it some more time. Let it get as much air as possible (if it's warm enough in your house). It took my DS1's cord 3 weeks to fall off, which is still in the normal range.

As for the fussiness, I might put a call in since he seems to be getting worse. He sounds uncomfortable to me, and a simple reflux med may help him out.

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Have you tried gas drops at all? Those really helped Erykah and they are really helping Bria this time around too Smile Hope you find something that helps him really soon!!!

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I remember DS1's belly button having a white pus under it right before it fell off so I'd agree that as long as it's not red or feels really hot or has a bad odor it's normal.

As far as the acid reflux goes, that sucks! Poor little Kellen, I would definitely mention it to your pediatrician that it seems worse. Also like Amber suggested, gas drops helped my DS1 a lot. I don't know if you've tried that yet but I think it's called Mylicon but they sell an off brand that works just the same.

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Cristiano's also had a pus-e ( I didn't want to spell it the other way lol!) look to it and a little bit of blood right after it fell off. That was about a week and a half ago and now it looks completely like a normal belly button. Doc told me to just let it air out and don't do anything so that's what we did and so far so good.

C is also fussy. And it happens every night( well early morning) during the 4am hour and continues until I"m up with the other kids. Nursing calms him down and at that time I usually don't burp him which could be the reason why, because he is such a lght sleeper and if I do he will be awake and fussy again. I use gas drops and they see,m to work. Not all the time however. He does spit up quite a bit right after he eats but he also inhales the milk too! Just got back from dropping my other 2 at shcool and he is sound asleep (with smiles) on my bed all wrapped up. Completely happy.

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I posted on the update thread as well. I took K into his ped yesterday. The doc says that the white stuff in his belly button is just a normal part of the healing process. To do what a few of you sugfested as far as letting it air out and to just keep it dry till its done healing. They also put him on reflux meds. Last night was a bit better... He wasnt as hard to get back to sleep. Also helps that I fell asleep on the couch around 8:30 last night lol. Today has also been a bit better. I was able toput him in his bouncer and he was perfectly happy while I did some cleaning... So, I call that progress Smile the doc did say it can take a couple of weeks for it to fully help, but Im def already seeing some improvement. Im also going to try the gas drops for the issues at the other end, as well as some pre and probiotics (that I take and he gets via my milk). Hoping that with all of these things we will get things straightened out. I knowwith Dd she only needes the reflux stuff for a couple of months or so. Hoping hell out grow it quickly as well.

Tiffany, I really suggest that you talk to your doc about the possibility of C having reflux. Sounds like he is doing the same stuff K has been dealing with

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hi kier, my son, river, also has bad reflux. he throws up all the time (not just spit up), arches his back, cannot be put flat on his back, and cries continuously. our doctor gave him a prescription for zantac last week and it really helps. he will still cry but not as badly. my first son also took zantac but started around 5 weeks. i was unsure about using it at first but it really made a difference.

river has bad reflux but not as bad as some babies. river is gaining weight. when there is a really a cause for concern, a baby is not putting on weight or loses weight.

the good thing is the reflux problem goes away within a few months.

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also, i am taking pro-biotics and am avoiding certain foods that cause gas. i am hoping it helps...

good luck!

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