Why does the navel get wet in the newborn, is it dangerous?this and what to do?

What should parents do with a long-time healing weeping umbilical
wound of a newborn? Should I consult a doctor? How to care
and handle the umbilical wound? Tips, recommendations, videos.

The content of the article

  • 1 Healing of the umbilical wound is normal
  • 2 What if the navel of a newborn gets wet?
    • 2.1 So why is the navel getting wet
    • 2.2 Effects
      • 2.2.1 Omphalite
      • 2.2.2 Umbilical fistula
      • 2.2.3 Fungus (granuloma)
      • 2.2.4 Dermatitis
  • 3 Methods of treatment (what to handle)
    • 3.1 Recommendations for the care of moist navel
    • 3.2 Is it possible to bathe a baby
    • 3.3 Video: Problems with the umbilical wound in an infant
  • 4 How to care for the umbilical wound?
    • 4.1 Umbilical wound treatment:

The appearance of the baby in the family is a great joy and happiness. Crumbs
need love and affection, and he also needs the right care and care.
ATсе это он ждет от матери, ну а любая мама желает подарить все это
to your little lump of happiness. We have to take into account a lot of things. AT
including how to care for the umbilical wound and what
to do if the navel gets wet in the newborn.

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Umbilical wound healing is normal

Navel малыша останется для мамы вечным напоминанием о крепкой с
him a connection. So that the healing process itself takes place without complications and
risks of infection, it is worth knowing exactly how it passes.

After the baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut, processed and
clamped by a special bracket. Previously, it just tied. On
the second day the umbilical cord dries out, and by the third day it starts
exfoliate. On 3-7 день пуповинный канатик отпадает, но уход за
it does not end there — this place is still open to
инфекций и болезнетворных bacteria. The wound heals finally on
14-28 day. But it happens that for about 19-24 days a little
bloodied it нормально, если не носит постоянный характер. but
If you have any doubts, it is better to tell the pediatrician about it.

заживление пупочной ранки

заживление пупочной ранки

Указанные сроки довольно условны, у каждого малыша период
healing will be different. But adherence to simple rules of hygiene –
one of its determining factors. Usually о них рассказывает
patronage sister who comes on the first day after discharge.
But unfortunately, it is not always possible to get qualified
consultation therefore маме стоит озаботиться поиском информации
independently and in advance.

ATремя заживления пупочной ранки зависит от разных
factors. Compliance is very important.
hygiene and regular simple procedures.

What to do if the navel of a newborn gets wet?

Remember: for any signs of healing
goes wrong, and you notice that the baby constantly
выделяется жидкость из ранки, нужно consult a doctor. He can
understand the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Parents,
who have not addressed to the pediatrician in time, should understand that it is bad
a healing wound can threaten with suppuration, infection,

AT норме из ранки выделяется немного сукровицы, необходимой для
tissue healing. It dries, forming crusts – they need
clean regularly. Otherwise случае они скапливаются и становятся
favorable environment for the development of various infections. Remove
only the part that soaks away antiseptic solutions and
Easily removed with a cotton swab. Determine the weeping navel
baby can be following symptoms:

  • The bitch tree does not dry out for a long time. After treatment with antiseptic in
    for several hours the wound remains wet, poorly formed
  • Unpleasant (putrid) smell from the wound;
  • Purulent, bloody discharge, the appearance of ichor (discharge
    become abundant, acquire a yellowish color, maybe
    pink shade);
  • The skin around the navel reddens and becomes inflamed, becomes
  • The general condition of the child has changed – he is restless, sucks badly
    chest, increased body temperature, etc .;
  • other suspicious changes in the child’s condition causing
    Mom’s concerns and questions.

These symptoms suggest that the immune system
the child’s body is rather weak or foreign

Also, such signs may appear due to too deep or
large wounds (there was a thick umbilical cord).

In addition, it may be manifestations of omphalitis. it
infectious inflammation of the umbilical wound, umbilical ring, subcutaneous
fiber. it осложнение может сопровождаться повышением
temperature in the infant, decreased appetite, lack of increase in
weight and sluggish condition of the baby. AT редких случаях бывает, что
connective and vascular tissue grow inside the navel,
forming granulomas. This pathology requires cauterization treatment.

ATрач сможет определить истинную причину. Usually назначают
quartz treatment, antibacterial ointment. Babies are not advised to lay out
on the tummy before three weeks, in order not to damage yet
healed wound.

Someone already for a week forgets about the wound, because the healing
passed quickly, and for someone even a month later, taking care of the navel is not
is terminated. ATсе очень индивидуально. The main thing in the care of the baby
– stick to common sense. Do not self-medicate
and follow the dubious advice of a “knowledgeable” neighbor (in the spirit of
�“Attach a coin so that the navel is beautiful”).

It is also dangerous to seal the navel with a plaster. Wet and warm environment
under it is very cozy for the bacteria that start there rapidly
multiply. Many doctors say that you can stop nursing,
if the wound remains dry for two days, but only if
baby’s age is more than two weeks.

So why is the navel getting wet

  • improper care (rare or improper treatment of the navel,
    irregular diaper replacement);
  • weakened immunity in the baby;
  • individual features of the structure (too large umbilical
  • bleeding disorders;
  • too frequent treatment of the umbilical wound (more than 2 times a day),
    the use of a large amount of antiseptic, which is why
    drying occurs.


Without treatment, the situation can quickly deteriorate. Inflammation
will go to the adjacent tissue. The development of omphalitis will begin. Navel
swell, turn red, begin to plentiful pus discharge. At baby
body temperature rises, it will be bad to eat, will become sluggish,
capricious. In severe cases, sepsis can develop (infection with
blood), peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneal wall).

More serious reasons why the navel may get wet are
omphalitis, fistula, fungus, dermatitis.


It is an inflammatory process affecting the umbilical ring, the bottom
wounds, fatty tissue, blood vessels. The causative agent of infection are
bacteria (more often – staphylococcus, less often – E. coli, streptococcus,

The main cause of omphalitis is the lack of treatment of the navel’s wound.
the first weeks of a child’s life.

Typical symptoms:

  • redness, bluish tinge, swelling of the skin around
  • grayish discharge from the wound;
  • excessive crying of the baby, refusal to eat;
  • fever.

If you suspect omphalitis, it is necessary as soon as possible.
consult with a pediatrician and start treatment. No treatment
the infection spreads through the body, disrupting performance
internal organs.

Umbilical fistula

It may appear in the formation of a fistula in the abdominal cavity,
caused by a defect in the structure of the muscles of the child. It connects the navel with
other bodies whose contents when released into this channel
causes an unpleasant smell. It may be a bladder or
intestines. A badly smelling navel with a fistula is accompanied by:

  • High body temperature;
  • Increase the navel in size;
  • Abundant secretions during tension of the abdomen during strong
    crying, defecating.

There are incomplete fistulas, they are caused by insufficient closure.
channels connecting the umbilical cord with the internal organs. Maybe their
independent overgrowth to 6 months old baby. If fistula
full, it requires mandatory surgery. Otherwise
case inflammation may occur.

Fungus (granuloma)

This growth of granulation cells at the bottom of the umbilical fossa.
Sometimes a fungus can become infected due to penetration into the tissue.

Fungus is not an infection, it is an individual feature.
organism. More often growth is observed in newborns with
wide umbilical ring or wide umbilical cord. Fungus is not
normal, so it must necessarily be treated.

Typical symptoms:

  • tumor formation initially filling the umbilical
    ring, then going beyond it;
  • pale pink color formation.

Granuloma is not dangerous, with small and
proper care passes by yourself. But, since there is
risk of infection (development of omphalitis), a child
It is necessary to show the doctor for diagnosis and establishment.
treatment tactics.


This redness of the skin around the navel. His appearance may be
associated with the special sensitivity of the baby to hygiene items. it
there may be wet wipes,
diaper rash Another factor could be the heat in
помещении, ребёнок потеет, кожа становится чрезмерно влажной –
That is why the navel gets wet in the newborn.

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Methods of treatment (what to handle)

With a moist navel, the doctor prescribes additional funds,
based on the state of the baby. In most cases, enough
drying antibacterial drugs.


Means possesses the drying properties, interferes
development of infection. Zelenkoy well handle in order
prevention, but with the appearance of suppuration it is better to replace 5%
manganese solution, or use 70% alcohol. They do not leave
traces and allow you to control the appearance of redness,


Antimicrobial plant-based. 1% alcohol
the solution kills pathogenic bacteria and prevents their reproduction,
relieves inflammation. It is applied to the wound after cleansing the crusts from
using hydrogen peroxide. Pre-navel need to be dried
clean cotton swab. Otherwise случае раствор хлорофиллипта
reacts with hydrogen peroxide, a precipitate is formed,
bactericidal properties are reduced.

Furatsilina alcohol solution

Suppresses the development of microbes, promotes healing, possesses
drying properties. Possible treatment with an aqueous solution, but
It must be combined with other antiseptics.


Baneocin в форме мази или порошка, чаще используют второй
option because of its high drying properties. The drug has
antibacterial effect, eliminates inflammation. It also applies
after cleansing the wound with hydrogen peroxide.

Порошок Ксероформ (possesses антисептическими,
drying properties).

It is impossible to prescribe drugs, because the degree
inflammatory process can only assess the doctor. With strong
the spread of infection, children undergo comprehensive treatment,
consisting of external treatment of the navel and taking antibiotics inside.
Babies prescribed injections or put droppers. In severe cases
using blood transfusions, ultraviolet irradiation, operational

Recommendations for the care of moist navel

  • process 2 times a day with the agent prescribed
  • Wash hands with soap and water before processing.
  • do not press
  • Do not touch the wound with dirty hands, do not try to remove the pus.
    or climb into the navel with cotton buds, which can injure
    healing tissues;
  • in any case, do not glue the plaster, do not impose
  • 2-3 times a day to arrange air baths for the baby;
  • regularly change clothes for the baby, wear only spacious things
    from natural fabrics;
  • wash clothes using special baby powder;
  • Ironing diapers and clothes on both sides;
  • regularly change the diaper;
  • during the healing period use diapers with special
    cut for the navel or make such a cut yourself;
  • do not try to clean all crusts and pus at a time
  • crust removed only soaked. When cleaning the wound
    you need to gently clean with a cotton swab only soaked crusts.
    If they are not removed, you can not rip them off: under them have not yet
    formed tissue, removal may result in bleeding
  • Do not spread the child on the tummy until complete healing. Otherwise
    increased risk of infection, injury to the wound, baby
    may feel discomfort.

If the wound does not heal in a month, it is imperative
consult a doctor. In the early stage of a weeping navel, a child can
help with special remedies and avoid complications. In some
cases, it is enough to adjust the care of the umbilical

Is it possible to bathe a baby

It is permitted to bathe a newborn with a moist navel, but
adhering to certain rules. Very important for swimming
use boiled water, optimum temperature 34-37
degrees You can not add to the water decoctions of herbs, gel, foam for
bathing. You can add only a weak solution of potassium permanganate
(manganese). Bathing a baby in such water is recommended 1 time per
week, as potassium permanganate dries the skin.

Video: Problems with the umbilical wound in an infant

How to care for the umbilical wound?

It is recommended to practice the navel twice a day: during
утреннего туалета и вечером после bathing.

Neonatologists recommend using navel care
the following means:

  • hydrogen peroxide 3%;
  • antiseptic solution;
  • infusion chlorophyllipta 1%;
  • Zelenka;
  • pipette;
  • sterile cotton swabs.

Wash hands well with soap and water before the procedure. Sure to
inspect and smell the wound. Normal purulent discharge and unpleasant
there should be no smell. In the wound drip hydrogen peroxide, a little
wait until the crusts are softened. Then gently remove them.
a cotton swab from the surface. Take a clean, dry cotton swab and
wet her wound to dry it. Now you can drop
раствор Chlorophylliptа и подождать его высыхания. After you can wear
diaper and clothes.

  1. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap (you can use
  2. Inspect the navel for pus. Smell the wound – the smell should
  3. Put a little hydrogen peroxide on the wound – do not fill it
    the entire notch.
  4. Wait a moment – the peroxide should dry (you can gently
    remove the crusts with a cotton or cotton pad).
  5. Onберите немного зеленки (или раствор Chlorophylliptа) пипеткой и
    drip on the wound.

That’s all. Processing is complete. Wait until the brilliant green
dry out and put a crumb on. Remember that a diaper should not
close the navel. Also at the time of healing the umbilical wound is better
refuse pants, replacing them with a slip.

It is worth noting! Diaper should not
touch the umbilical wound. For this you can purchase special
models with a cut under the navel or make a cut on their own. BUT
You can wear a diaper, slightly turning it in front. Also on
the healing time is undesirable to put on the newborn pants,
better to use bodie.

Using several antiseptics at once is a bad idea,
это может вызвать негативную реакцию детского organism. Usually
enough to wash the navel with hydrogen peroxide and process
green paint or a weak solution of manganese. Before you apply any
another drug you need to consult a pediatrician who is observing

Yellowish crusts may form around the navel. therefore
сначала нужно очистить кожу от них с using hydrogen peroxide.
You can wipe the navel moistened with a cotton pad, but it is better to drop
slightly inward – the solution foams and softens the crusts. Peroxide
it is enough to apply only in the morning, because after evening bathing
the wound remains clean.

In no case can not pick these crusts, tear “on
dry ”, it can damage delicate skin and, again, provoke
bleeding and infection. But clean the crusts
need because It is a breeding ground for germs.

For the prevention of complications need to often arrange a child
air baths – skin breathes in the air, and the wound will be faster
dry up.

When using diapers you need to be careful not to
injure the navel. Special models with a cut on
belt. Changing the diaper, of course, must also be on time to
urine did not get into the wound and did not irritate the skin.

While the umbilical wound has not yet healed, bathe the baby only in
individual bath in boiled water. Some doctors
советуют добавлять в воду отвар череды или ромашки (НО ТРBUTATЫ
Make sure that after bathing in the umbilical bottom there is no water left, for
this blot it before processing with a cotton pad or

In some случаях пуповинный канатик не отпадает и спустя
several days. Then its tips are trimmed and put in place.
bandage. In the first days after the procedure, the ichor can leak. AT
this time does not need to bathe the baby, it will be enough to wipe him
теплой влажной diaper.

If the navel gets wet in the newborn, it is necessary to pay
pay attention to it and consult with your pediatrician. AT большинстве
In this case there is nothing terrible, however, it happens that
symptom of the disease. After a while the wound will be tightened, and in its place
there will be a charming navel, which will always remind of
единении матери и baby

Take care of your children!


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