umbilical cord bleeding in 21 days old baby

Dr - posted on 02/03/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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me too much worried about my son who umbilical cord fall off on day 5........might be as two clamps were clamped.....due to their weight ....it fall off....it bled about a drop with in the umbilical depression.....for about 2 days...then remained clear for about 5 days....then we gave him bath n body massage ....n we noticed umbilical bleed on day 16.....about a drop once a day with in the umbilical depression........even now on 21 days......we got his blood tests i.e. haemoglobin 17.5 , platelet count 3.5 lakh, prothrombin time index 11.4sec,PTTK 38.3 SEC..........all tests within normal range.........so kindly help.........highly worried

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Carrie - posted on 02/03/2013

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has it been bleeding every day straight for 5 days?
To be honest, even waiting the full 2 weeks we're advised to keep the area dry, not wash it at all until it has completely healed (the most we were allowed to do even after it fell off on the normal 2 week mark until the scabs were gone was using cotton balls and hydrin peroxide if I remember right..).. Once you get it to stop bleeding, I think it would help you a lot not to wash it - keep it as dry as possible until it heals fully. You'll be able to tell because the scabs and such will come off on their own. If the tests are within normal range, then your baby should be able to heal soon, so just gather more info on how to help it heal fully, so that way it doesn't happen again. I also hope your baby stays well, Keep the baby calm so that it helps the healing process if possible, - keep us posted so we can continue to help

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