An umbilical granuloma (gran-you-LOW-ma) is a small, red stalk of scar tissue that
stays on a newborn
baby's bellybutton after the umbilical cord has fallen off.
More to Know
the umbilical cord carries nutrients and oxygen from a mother to her unborn baby.
After the baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut and a small piece is left attached
to the baby. This part of the cord usually falls off on its own within 1 to 3 weeks
after birth. In some cases, however, the healing process is delayed and extra scar
tissue forms at the base of the cord after it has fallen off.
Umbilical granulomas cause no pain, but they may discharge a fluid that can make
the surrounding skin appear red and irritated.
Keep in Mind
Umbilical granulomas are easily treated with simple procedures and cause no lasting
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