Umbilical cord conditions

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Although umbilical cord problems are common during birth, if not detected and treated, infants are at risk for several birth injuries and health problems. The umbilical cord transported nutrients from you to your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now your baby has a purplish-blue stump that is about a half inch to an inch long. It will take some time (approximately weeks) before the stump dries up and falls off. It will take a little care and attention to prevent irritation and.

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Most umbilical cord conditions don't harm your baby. But some can cause serious problems, including birth defects, miscarriage and stillbirth. After the umbilical cord is cut at birth, a stump of tissue remains attached to your baby's navel (umbilicus). The stump gradually dries and shrivels until it falls off, usually between 1 and 2 weeks after birth. It is important that you keep the umbilical cord stump and surrounding skin clean and dry. This basic care helps prevent.


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