Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Umbilical Cord Infection Symptoms

The normal healing process of an umbilical cord stump includes:

  • Gradual drying and shrinking of the umbilical stump
  • Gradual color change from yellow or green, to brown or black
  • The stump falls off by itself within 2 weeks
  • Occasionally, mild bleeding from the stump may occur

An umbilical cord infection usually occurs within 9 days after birth.

Symptoms of an umbilical cord infection include:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Umbilical Cord Infection References
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