About 2 weeks after the baby is born, the umbilical cord will dry out, turning the color from bluish white to black, then release. At this time, it is necessary to watch out for the baby belly button bleeding.
The umbilical cord is a means of connecting babies to the placenta. After the cut, the umbilical cord leaves the navel hole in the baby’s stomach. The umbilical cord will loose on its own within 10 – 14 days after the baby is born. However, a common baby belly button is encountered after umbilical cord loose. Although it is rare, it can occur where the baby’s belly button condition is bleeding due to infection.
Common causes of Belly Button Bleeding
The belly button bleeding in infants is usually due to the umbilical cord that is too fast to be pulled before its time. The baby’s umbilical cord will lose it if it has dried up. So no need to force it off.
In addition, this condition can also occur because the cord is exposed to the friction surface of diapers used by the child.
Infection in the belly button can cause belly button bleeding. Usually infections are caused by various things. However, the most common cause of infection is poor hygiene.
Belly button can be a nest for almost 70 types of bacteria. Its dark, warm, and humid area makes the belly button a perfect place for bacteria to grow and breed.
So allowing dirty belly button and never cleaned can make bacteria continue to multiply until it results in various types of infections from mild to severe. In addition, doing belly button piercing can also be one of the causes of infection that will lead to belly button bleeding.
- Fungal infections.
The navel yeast infection is characterized by painful itching and burning sensation. Yeast infections often occur as a result of Candida fungus. Candida Albican grows well in warm air, moist areas such as the urinary tract, mouth, nose and belly button.
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- Bacterial infections.
Sweat, soap and other substances that accumulate inside the navel cavity can be a bacterial container for breeding. The complaints include the yellow fluid from the belly button, and pain. The accumulation of pus from the surrounding inflamed tissues can make the belly button smell bad. This odor is caused by the existence of anaerobic bacteria.
- Primary umbilical endometriosis.
- Portal hypertension.
Belly Button Bleeding, a sign of hemorrhagic disease.
The injured belly button and bleeding can also be a sign that the child is experiencing a condition called hemorrhagic disease.
Hemorrhagic usually occurs in newborns and is caused by children to have a low vitamin K level in the body. Children with hemorrhagic disease will have difficulties in the process of blood clotting, because the blood will continue to flow from the wound that suffered. Generally, the doctor will give a baby vitamin K injections immediately after birth to cope with this condition.
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You can make your own home treatment to overcome your baby belly button bleeding.
The first tip is to immediately stop the source of bleeding. Use the gauze and press the gauze on the source of the bleeding in the baby belly button area.
Then, immediately clean the bloody part using a soft-textured sponge. It can also help prevent the occurrence of rebleeding.
No less important is to prevent the occurrence of diaper and umbilical cord friction. Always check and make sure that the child diapers are under the baby belly button.
But if the umbilical cord still has an increasingly severe bleeding and the presence of blood drops from the belly button that does not stop within 3 days, it is best if you contact the doctor directly.