Umbilical Cord, Bleeding
Why is my child's umbilical cord bleeding?
A few drops of blood at the point of separation of the cord is common. The area may bleed a few times from the diaper rubbing on the area.
The bleeding usually stops by itself or can be stopped easily by direct pressure with a sterile gauze.
When should I call my child's healthcare provider?
Call IMMEDIATELY if:
- Bleeding doesn't stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
- Any bleeding amounts to more than the size of a quarter.
Call during office hours if:
- Bleeding continues for more than 3 times.
- You have other questions or concerns.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-06-21
Last reviewed: 2010-06-02
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