Health Tip: After Your Child is Born

Spot warning signs of umbilical cord infection

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) - It's important to properly care for your newborn's umbilical cord to prevent infection and related complications.

Here are warning signs, courtesy of the University of Virginia Health System, that should prompt you to contact your doctor:

  • The end of the umbilical cord (near the skin) is bleeding.
  • What's left of the cord is discharging yellow or white pus.
  • Swelling or redness is surrounding the belly button.
  • Your baby is providing signals that the belly button is sore or tender.


Last Updated:

Related Articles