What is an “umbilical granuloma”?

When a baby’s umbilical cord drops off, it sometimes leaves a raw area underneath.  The area “granulates” as it heals and leaves a small pink fleshy lump that protrudes out of the baby’s belly button.  It does not cause your baby any distress but parents are often worried about it.  They tend to resolve spontaneously over time and I no longer bother to try and treat them with silver nitrate sticks.  Some GPs still do.  It seems, from what little evidence there is, that using salt or a steret wipe is just as effective as using silver nitrate without the side effect of turning the skin around the belly button black.  Click here for instructions for the salt method.

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