Umbilical granuloma (1880)

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What is an umbilical granuloma?

An umbilical granuloma is new tissue that grows in or around the belly button after the cord dries and falls off. The cause is not known. The area of the umbilical stump gets red, moist and swollen during the healing process.  This can cause granuloma to form. The granuloma tissue has no feeling. It may bleed or ooze for several months if not treated. 

How is it treated?

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if:

  • The normal skin around the belly button is open, red or starts peeling. 
  • The granuloma does not shrink in size.
  • Your child’s special health care needs were not covered by this information.