Have you noticed something strange in the appearance of your newborn’s belly button? Are you worried it may indicate an underlying medical issue? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea!
Your darling baby may be having a protruding belly button or an ‘outie’. Are you clueless and anxious to know more about the health implications of having an ‘outie’? Fret not! Go ahead and give this post a read!
What Is An ‘Outie’ Belly Button?
Your newborn’s belly button is actually a scar on the abdomen. This marks the point of attachment to the umbilical cord. In this situation, where your newborn’s belly button is protruding outwards, it is known as an ‘outie’ newborn belly button (1).
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Why Does Your Newborn Have An ‘Outie’ Belly Button?
An outie belly button in a newborn can sometimes be a case of an umbilical hernia. This means that the muscles around your newborn’s belly button are we
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How To Take Care Of Your Newborn’s Belly Button Area?
The following weeks after your newborn’s birth, you should take very good care of the belly button area. Follow these steps to ensure the area is clean and clear of any infection: (3)
- Ensure that the belly button area of your newborn is dry.
- Give a sponge bath instead of a proper bath in the first few weeks. This will help keep the belly button area dry.
- Avoid putting any water over the belly button area of your newborn.
- Use only mild soap and water when you need to clean the belly button area. Speak to your newborn’s pediatrician about the soaps that are safe to use. Make sure you dry the area completely once it has been cleaned.
- According to some doctors, it is recommended to wipe your newborn’s belly button area with an alcohol swab. Speak to your newborn’s pediatrician about it before using it.
- While putting your newborn in a diaper, ensure that the diaper does not cover the belly button area. If required, you may fold the top edge of the diaper to keep the area open. This will help it dry and heal quickly.
- Change your newborn’s diaper every two hours to prevent any risk of an infection.
- You may feel your newborn’s belly button is still soft and can be pushed back inside. Do not attempt to do anything of the sort. Do not try and push it back inside, as it can cause serious harm to the newborn. Do not tape up anything over the belly button to make it flat.
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When Should You Call The Doctor?
Watch out for the following signs of infection and call your pediatrician immediately: (4)
- Foul smell from the area.
- Yellow sticky discharge from the area.
- Swelling, tenderness or redness in the skin around the area.
- High fever.
- Weakness or excessive drowsiness.
- Not interested in feeding or very little feeding.
- Skin appears to look saggy and floppy around the area.
Your newborn’s outie belly button is a perfectly natural and normal condition. Speak to your pediatrician about it to know more and prevent any infection.
Did your newborn have an outie belly button? How did you care for it? Please share details with other readers to help them overcome any kind of anxiety related to this problem.
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