As the title says my little one is 17 days old and the cord is still attached and very smelly. I've cleaned it with water and cotton wool and patted it dry which was the advice when I phoned the midwife.
It's a little gunky but not like puss so don't know if it's infected or just slow to fall off.
I've attached a photo so you can advise if it's normal as I'm a first time mum!
I don't know for certain but it doesn't look infected. With both of my dc their cords came off after a bath. With dc1 I was rubbing him with the towel and it came off in my hand. Maybe you just need a bit of intervention
OP I would go and see a health visitor about this - do you have a drop in clinic you could go to? It doesn't look infected but it does look a bit gunky, it should have dried up more than that by now I think. A friend's DD was slow to heal and they wiped something on it to help it along (it looked like iodine but I don't know what it actually was)
My midwife gave me an antibacterial talc for dd1's cord. It had also become smelly so that you could smell it through her clothes if you got close. It did the trick beautifully. Dried it up and the smell went pretty much straight away. The cord came off a couple of days later.
Thanks everyone. We've just given her another bath and patted it dry... It's come away all round the edge now... Just waiting on the inside to come away. If there is no improvement by tomorrow I'll phone the HV.
It looks abit gunky, my sons was like this and after it had fallen of it was still pussy and smelly so i took him to the doctors and they prescribed some cream that I and to put on it and it cleared it very quickly after that xx
That looks perfect! As a guess, did you have a caesarean? Or did the baby have antibiotics?
In order for the cord to come off, it needs the skins healthy bacteria to dissolve the dead tissue. Where a baby has a sterile (caesarean) birth or has antibiotics, the healthy skin bacteria take a while to build up and this can delay cord separation.
Vaginal birth babies without antibiotics usually lose their cord by 6 days.
I never knew that either! Yes we had a tough birth with forceps and she went straight on antibiotics... I'll keep an eye on it for now and if it's not drying up for the next day or two we'll pop to the docs on Monday. Thanks all x