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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 10:57 AM   1
sarah1980
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Stinky tummy button help!


My son is 9 weeks old today and ever since his cord fell off he has had a wet, sticky, gunky, smelly tummy button! It isn't infected, I've had 2 swabs done and both were negative and it doesn't show any signs of being infected. I've been to the GP surgery 3 times since he was 4 weeks old and they are next to useless, one GP said it was a granuloma and prescribed an antibiotic cream which did nothing. Then I saw the other GP who wouldn't do anything as she didn't agree it was a granuloma �� Then the other GP was supposed to call me but hasn't. Now they've prescribed oral antibiotics which I haven't even taken to the chemist as I feel she only prescribed them as she didn't know what else to do! So I'm at a loss as to what to do! I have to bath him every second day as it really stinks! Has anyone any ideas or experienced this before? He's not bothered by it in the slightest thankfully it's just the awful smell and the green discharge staining his clothes.



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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 12:14 PM   2
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Have you asked a health visitor or community children's nurse? They may have seen it before and have some good tips. As long as you're keeping it clean and dry and getting air to it I'm not really sure what more you could do if it's not infected



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 12:48 PM   3
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My son had this and my health visitor use a caustic pencil on it to dry it up. I think you can buy it over the counter. It worked a treat! He is now nearly 6 and it looks completely normal xx



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 14:59 PM   4
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My son's belly button was a bit like this. Sudocream helped sort it out.



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 19:27 PM   5
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Have you asked a health visitor or community children's nurse? They may have seen it before and have some good tips. As long as you're keeping it clean and dry and getting air to it I'm not really sure what more you could do if it's not infected
Thanks for your reply. Yeah I've shown the health visitor each time she has been round and she was at a loss too so referred me to the GP. I think I will try a bit more nappy off time to see if a bit more air helps. Thanks



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2017, 19:29 PM   6
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My son had this and my health visitor use a caustic pencil on it to dry it up. I think you can buy it over the counter. It worked a treat! He is now nearly 6 and it looks completely normal xx
Was it a styptic pencil? I have heard people mention silver nitrate when I've googled but the GP said it's not something they tend to use nowadays :-/



 
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My son's belly button was a bit like this. Sudocream helped sort it out.
Oh really? I'll give that a go then, never thought of Sudocrem. Thanks!



 
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My son had this and my health visitor use a caustic pencil on it to dry it up. I think you can buy it over the counter. It worked a treat! He is now nearly 6 and it looks completely normal xx
My son's ped used a caustic pencil and it cleared right up.



 
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Old Oct 21st, 2017, 12:43 PM   9
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Yes it was the styptic pencil (silver nitrate) but it didn't cause him any pain and worked very quickly. Not sure why they won't use it any more?



 
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Old Oct 21st, 2017, 13:32 PM   10
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now i would use talc but not sure if your allowed these days



 
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