When my generation was born, the navels were cut at birth. Now, basically, the rest of the umbilical cord is tipped with a clothespin and they wait until it disappears by itself. This method was used when my son was born.
I never thought that I would be worried about the umbilical wound of a child. When a son was born, he, like all newborns, was cut off the umbilical cord and pinned the rest of it with a clothespin. I was informed that this thing would disappear by itself in five to seven days. No navel treatment is worth doing at this time. Well, I calmed down.
In the maternity hospital, we lingered a bit, since the baby had a cephalhematoma on the head (due to a long stay in the birth canal). But that’s another story. However, this fact prevented me from paying more attention to our navel. I was very worried then because of the head, it was a pity for the kid, he was given a lot of shots. Everyone hoped that the lump would resolve.
Arriving home, my husband and I decided to bathe the baby on the same day. Well, and immediately after bathing, we began to study and examine it properly. Immediately struck that the skin under the clothespin began to get wet. With the help of a cotton swab and peroxide, I slightly disinfected the weeping wound. For fidelity around a little bit of green stuff.
The next day I brewed a string and chamomile and added to the water for bathing. It is good to use these herbs if your baby has skin problems. After such a herbal bath, I didn’t handle the navel circumference, as I was afraid that excessive treatment could dry out her son’s delicate skin.
For several days we bathed our son and treated the skin around the clothespins after bathing. But the clothespin was not going to fall away. They called home a district pediatrician. He looked and said it was normal. Clothespin will soon disappear, and we should not be so fanatically suited to this situation.
We calmed down a bit. Maybe it is true, you need to wait and not bring the situation to the point of absurdity, after all the first child and we still do not know much.
Time to ring the bells
But when five days passed, and the situation did not change, moreover, a putrid odor appeared from under the clothespins, we gathered and went with the baby to the hospital.
But we went to another pediatrician. Having examined the son, the doctor sent us to the surgeon. Here it has become scary.
After the examination, the surgeon reassured us. He said that there is nothing terrible in it, this often happens when using a clothespin, and he will fix it now. The nurse took the son in the manipulation. My husband and I left to wait in the office. The kid, of course, screamed, which made it even worse. But after five minutes, he was taken out and told us to be like bandaging for five days. He just ripped off a clothespin and treated the wound.
Finally it was over
A week later, everything went. The navel has healed, but its shape leaves much to be desired. He became so protruding that at one time I began to think that my son had a navel hernia. But the surgeons did not confirm and, thank God.
From our situation, I concluded that innovation could be good, but it would be better for us to cut the navel in the old fashioned way, and not to cling to this unfortunate clothespin.