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Non-healing belly button - any ideas?

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Mrmagnoliasmissingboot Mon 13-Dec-10 18:26:14

DS's belly button is refusing to heal properly. He's now 10 months and it still has a small red dot in the middle that bleeds onto his vests - like this biscuit. it only spots not copious bleeding but still, it needs sorting. It's been cauterised with silver nitrate more times than I can remember and tied off again once. The rest of it is all well healed, it's just this small dot. Whilst our GP is pondering what to do next, I was wondering if anyone had ever had the same thing and what they did.


Mrmagnoliasmissingboot Wed 15-Dec-10 18:21:11

Latest is that they think they will have to excise a part of the belly button to get it to heal properly. Anyone else come across this before?

Mrmagnoliasmissingboot Thu 16-Dec-10 09:12:52


BellsaRinging Thu 16-Dec-10 09:16:11

Yes, ds had an unhealed belly button. The HV recommended salt. I put normal table salt under gauze on to the site (just a pinch) twice a day for 10-15 minutes. Within 2 days it was healed. This was recommended as an alternative to cauterising with silver nitrate. Worth a try?

Mrmagnoliasmissingboot Thu 16-Dec-10 18:33:35

How old was your ds then? Might be worth a try as you say.

thisisyesterday Thu 16-Dec-10 18:37:39

yes, ds3 had similar. it used to open quite wide actually.

dr was happy to leave is as long as there were no signs of infection and it eventually healed. he is now 18 months and it is fine

TinselinaBumSquash Thu 16-Dec-10 18:39:13

DS had his cauterised by the GP, it was fine after that.

Mrmagnoliasmissingboot Sat 18-Dec-10 19:27:46

Thanks for the replies. Good to know yours healed on its own thisisyesterday. Will give the salt a try too.

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