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Drainage from the Umbilical Cord Evaluation
- Swelling around the cord
- Skin redness around the cord
- Pus draining from the cord
- Tenderness around the cord
Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of an umbilical cord infection.
Tests that may be used to evaluate an umbilical cord infection include:
- Bacterial cultures from the cord site
- Complete blood count
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PubMed Drainage from the Umbilical Cord References
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- Volante E, Moretti S, Pisani F, Bevilacqua G. Early diagnosis of bacterial infection in the neonate. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Nov;16 Suppl 2:13-6. 
- Vural G, Kisa S. Umbilical cord care: a pilot study comparing topical human milk, povidone-iodine, and dry care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2006 Jan-Feb;35(1):123-8. 
- Zupan J, Garner P, Omari AA. Topical umbilical cord care at birth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(3):CD001057.