You asked: Why does my baby’s belly button smell?

It is normal for the belly button to look a bit mucky or to have a red spot where the cord used to be. It can also be smelly and have some clear, sticky or brownish ooze that might leave a stain on your baby’s nappy or clothes. This is part of the healing process, which may take up to seven days to mend completely.

How do you get rid of a smelly belly button?

Dip your finger or a soft washcloth in a solution of salt water (about a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water) and gently massage the inside of your navel. This should loosen stubborn germs that can cause odor. Then rinse with plain water and pat it dry.

How do I know if my baby’s belly button is infected?

How to identify an umbilical cord infection

  1. red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord.
  2. pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord.
  3. a bad smell coming from the cord.
  4. fever.
  5. a fussy, uncomfortable, or very sleepy baby.

What should umbilical stump smell like?

If the cord stump gets murky, brown, gooey, and smells like decaying flesh, just know it’s because it IS decaying flesh – and it smells horrid. Wipe away the grossness, keep it dry, and it’ll soon fall off.

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Is discharge from umbilical cord normal?

Once the cord is gone, continue to keep the area clean and dry. You might notice a yellow, sticky fluid that oozes out. This is normal. It sometimes happens when the cord comes off.

Why is there poop in my belly button?

Fecal or menstrual leakage

An umbilical fistula, an abnormally developed passageway between the intestines and the umbilicus, can cause fecal matter to leak from the navel. It goes without saying, if poop is coming out of your belly button, you should seek medical attention.

How long does it take for a baby’s belly button to completely heal?

How long does it take for the belly button to heal after the umbilical cord falls off? The skin underneath the stump may be a little red when the dried stump first falls off, but it should soon heal—usually within two weeks.

Can a belly button infection harm my baby?

In some cases, the infection may involve the umbilical cord. Doctors refer to this as funisitis. Funisitis increases the risk of childbirth complications, such as stillbirth. Babies who are born with funisitis may experience health complications, including organ damage and long-term developmental issues.

When should I be concerned about my baby’s belly button?

If you spot pus, bleeding, swelling, or discoloration, call your doctor right away. When the belly button has totally healed, the stump will easily fall off on its own. Some parents save the stump as a nostalgic reminder of the baby’s connection to mom.