An umbilical granuloma is a damp, red swelling of tissue that can form on a baby’s navel (belly button). It can be seen in the first couple of weeks of life, after the umbilical cord has dried and fallen off. It’s typically a minor problem that looks even worse than it is. An umbilical granuloma does not cause pain. It might exude a percentage of fluid that can make the skin around it red and inflamed.
The exact cause is still unclear, however the professionals believe that this takes place due to a delay in the time the umbilical cord takes to fall off completely. In some cases, it is the outcome of an infection in the belly button area.
Care for Baby With Umbilical Granuloma
Your child’s doctor may treat the granuloma if it does not go away by itself. The doctor may:
- Apply silver nitrate to diminish and slowly eliminate the granuloma. It may take 3 to 6 doctor sees to end up the treatment.
- Use surgical thread to connect off the granuloma at its base. The thread cuts off the blood supply to the granuloma. This will make it shrivel and fall off.
Neither of these treatments hurts.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child’s treatment and safety. Make sure to make and go to all consultations, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It’s also a great idea to understand your child’s test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Also read: Umbilical cord granuloma
How can you care for your child at home?
- Clean the area a minimum of when a day and as required during diaper modifications or baths.
- Soak a cotton swab in warm water and mild soap. Eject the excess water. Gently clean around the sides of the navel. Also wipe the skin around the navel.
- Carefully pat the area dry with a soft fabric.
- Keep the area dry.
- Keep your baby’s diaper folded below the navel until the granuloma is recovered. If that doesn’t work well, try cutting out an area in the front of the diaper (prior to you put it on your baby) to keep the navel exposed to air.
- Bathe your baby thoroughly. Keep the area above the water level up until it recovers.
When should you call for aid?
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
- Your baby has signs of an infection, such as:
- Increased swelling, heat, or soreness.
- Red streaks leading from the area.
- Pus draining from the area.
- A fever.
- Your baby weeps when you touch the navel or the skin around it.
Watch closely for changes in your child’s health, and make sure to call your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any issues.
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