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UMBILICAL PROBLEMS

Umbilical Granuloma

You may notice that, after the umbilical cord of your newborn has fallen off, a red moist swelling is left behind. This is the umbilical granuloma.

The standard practice is to touch it with a silver nitrate stick to dry it, but a simple method propagated by Dr. Nirmala Kesree and her colleagues from Davangere in Karnataka works quite well. Just put a crystal of rock salt (cleaned with boiled and cooled water and dried) on the swelling. Keep it in place with leucoplast or a band-aid. The swelling disappears within a few days in most cases.

If no improvement is noted by use of these methods, a minor surgery may have to be undertaken.


Umbilical Hernia
This is quite common and does not need any treatment in most cases.

This hernia becomes more prominent after the child cries. Crying results in increased intra-abdominal pressure. This pushes the abdominal tissue through the umbilicus because of a small gap in the abdominal muscles in that region. 

This hernia should be left alone. You may be advised by others to put a coin on the swollen part and tie it up. This is not required. In fact, if a leucoplast is used to keep the coin in place for a number of days, your child may get an itchy rash on the skin.

 The swelling generally disappears by the time the child enters his second year. In rare cases, surgery may be required.




7 March, 2016

 
Part 4
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German Measles (Rubella)
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Thrush
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Umbilical Problems
Undescended Testis
Urinary Infection
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Vomiting
Wheezing
Whooping Cough (Pertusis)



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