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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Newborn and Infant Care
Hard and Discolored Bellybutton
MY 15 MONTH OLD HAD A GRANULOMA WHEN HE WAS BORN, HIS PEDATRICIAN BURNED IT OFF AND SAID IT SHOULD HEAL UP FINE. SINCE THEN HE HAS ALWAYS HAD A HARD BELLYBUTTON AND ITS A DARKER COLOR(PURPLISH/RED) HE IS ALWAYS DIGGING IN IT. DOES IT HURT WHAT COULD THIS BE?
It sounds as though you pediatrician managed the newborn granuloma issue appropriately. Even with appropriate management, at times, situations develop. It may be wise to double check with a pediatric surgeon to see if a surgical revision (a minor, usually outpatient procedure) is indicated. This will set your mind at ease, one way or another.
Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati