How do you treat an umbilical granuloma?

Natalie - posted on 10/07/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi, my daughter was misdiagnosed since she was 2 months old with having an umbilical hernia. She is now 2 years old and after going to several hospitals and doing research on my own, she has now been properly diagnosed by a pediatric surgeon as having an umbilical granuloma. I think she is the only 2 year old in the world that has one! Usually when young babies have them, doctors will burn them using silver nitrate, I was told they can not do this with her because she is too old, and it is extremely painful (I guess they think young babies feel less pain or they just can't scream as loud???) Anyways, we were told to clean it, and put Vaseline on it and see if it goes away, if not, she will need surgery. Anyways, it gets better, then splits open and weeps again, so has anyone ever treated a granuloma at home and had success with it? If so, what did you use to clean it, and how often did you clean it. I really don't want her to get surgery, any advice would appreciated.

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Levi - posted on 05/02/2014

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My son is six years old and having a umbilicus mass now he is undergoing to a surgery next week. The doctor said he is going to open the tummy of my son. Do you think its ok? I feel scared. Do u think i can still use salt for the granuloma? Can anyone answer me please?

Neva - posted on 10/08/2011

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I would talk to your doctor about doing a double ligature procedure. This is where they take suture material and tie off the area of the granduloma. This procedure does not require surgery, it just ties off the area and the granuloma usually dies and falls off, like the umbilical cord does, in about 14 days.

Natalie - posted on 10/09/2011

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Neva I wish it was that simple. Usually the granuloma sticks out and is visible all the time. My daughters is actually inside and every month of so it splits open and sticks out a bit, but then heals itself up within 2 or 3 days. I am really hoping putting dry salt in it for 10 minutes twice a day will help. I had been cleaning it with salt water before, and it didn't seem to be making a difference, so hopefully this will!

Jlhammock3 - posted on 12/18/2014

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Hi all my 9 Year old Daughter has one of the granulomas inside her belly button and the dr cauterized it with silver nitrate yesterday. We are hoping it goes away but dont let a dr tell u that they cant use silver nitrate if they are not infants because it can be done it was done to my daughter we are just waiting to see if it cures it.

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User - posted on 08/15/2013

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Did the umbilical granuloma ever go away? I realize this is 2 years later but I am currently dealing with this. His granuloma was so tiny that we never noticed it. Even the pediatrician didn't see it. My son (15 months old) has been playing with his belly button and I noticed a tiny little bump in there. Turns out it's an umbilical granuloma and according the the doctor he is too old for the treatment they usually do on newborns. He said it is just cosmetic and since his is so small we can just leave it alone. But I was wondering if the salt worked? I've never found an older child that had one so I"m curious if this treatment would work on a toddler.

Iridescent - posted on 10/09/2011

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For granulation tissue around g-tube sites, they still typically use silver nitrate at any age but it truly does hurt. Other options that help get rid of it successfully are Alum powder mixed with a small amount of water into a paste, and applied only to the granuloma for 1 application (12 hours) - see how it's worked and determine in a few days if it needs to be repeated. Some have success with other methods, such as Maalox or antibiotic ointments, but those are more when it's the result of infection or stomach acid on the area so wouldn't apply. Be sure you clean the area well when the treatment is completed, and you may want to put something like vaseline or aquaphor or even calmospetine or desitin on it for a few days, as it will dry it out terribly and can cause irritation. It doesn't prevent it from getting rid of the granulation tissue, but does help it feel better as it's healing.



Edited to add - it is likely to turn black across the top or edges as it dries up. Don't let this shock you.

Natalie - posted on 10/09/2011

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Yes thank you, I followed the link you posted and found info about using dry salt, maybe it will work better then salt water.

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