What Is an Umbilical Granuloma?
A small segment remains in the baby’s belly button once the umbilical cord is cut. This section of the cord normally falls off on its own one to three weeks after birth. However, in certain situations, the healing process may be slow and result in a low-grade infection.
An umbilical granuloma refers to a tissue overgrowth that occurs when the belly button (umbilicus) is healing after birth. It typically appears as a soft pink or red lump that leaks small amounts of a clear or yellow fluid. It is most frequent in a baby’s first few weeks of life.
It does not lead to any pain. However, it may release some type of fluid that causes the surrounding skin to appear red and inflamed.
What Causes an Umbilical Granuloma?
There is still no known cause for this condition. But, this low-grade infection of the navel occurs in about 1 out of 500 newborns.
How Can You Tell If Your Baby Has It?
Umbilical infections may not be as common as other conditions, but you should consult your doctor if you notice any of the following signs:
- Foul-smelling yellowish discharge from the cord (not as dry as normal skin should be)
- Redness around the cord’s base
- Baby’s reaction (i.e., crying) when you touch or tap on the particular area
- Swelling around the umbilical site