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Flashback Friday #66: The Umbilical Cord

November 22, 2013

December 14, 2013: Nakayla was 23 days old when these photos were taken, and her umbilical cord looks nowhere near to dropping off. The confinement lady told me that maybe I should take a photo of it for memories sake because Nakayla and her intact umbilical cord broke all known records to her (of how long an umbilical cord takes to drop off). I’m glad she suggested it, and I’m glad I did 🙂


The inside was still ‘wet’!

In her many years as a confinement lady, and of the many newborns she has taken care of, my confinement lady has never experienced a baby with the umbilical cord still on after nearly a month of confinement! In case you’re wondering, Blake’s umbilical cord came off within a week from the day he was born.

Honestly, I was really worried that the umbilical cord would still be there when my 41 days of confinement was up. I was absolutely terrified that when I take over caring for Nakayla full-time, I might just get the umbilical cord hooked onto something and it gets yanked out – especially after bath time! YIKES!

At the next visit to the PD after these photos were taken, I told him my concerns about the umbilical cord and the PD gave me a bottle of medicated powder to use twice daily. Even then, it took about a little more than a week before the umbilical cord finally dropped off! Thankfully for me, it was a few days shy before my 41 days of confinement was up. PHEW!

How long did it take for your child(ren)’s umbilical
cord to drop off? Do share it with me!

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  1. Hi there,
    My baby girl was the same! Her umbilical cord was still in her belly button on her first month celebration, and my confinement nanny said the same thing yours did- she’d never seen a baby whose cord took so long to fall out.
    My girl’s fell out eventually about a week after her first month, on the very day we took her to a doctor (because she’d starting emitting pus and blood from the cord area).
    A friend of mine also had a little girl whose cord only fell off the day before she turned 1 month old. She’s now 9 years old 🙂

    1. Hello 😀

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Wow! Seems like having the umbilical cord still intact after a month is also kind of common. And what shock you must have had because of the pus and blood! Glad that it dropped out eventually without much complications.

      Could it be a little girl kind of thing? Sounds like the girls have their umbilical cords dropping off much later than the boys!

  2. Yes come to think of it, it does seem more common in girls! My older son also had his umbilical cord fall off within the “normal” timeline haha. 🙂

    1. Hi Kristy, thanks for dropping by! Seems like the girls tend to take longer to have their umbilical cords drop off! I heard it’s actually really good for their abdomen area – less wind and won’t feel cold (less cramps when they’re older).

  3. Hello mabel, my baby girl is 8 days old now, her belly is getting red little bit and is bleeding a lit bit today, whats the best way to clean it without make my daughter cry? any ideas? thank you.!

    1. Hi Pablo!

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

      For this case, I would suggest that you bring her to a paediatrician to have a look, just in case. But in the mean time… I recall my confinement lady using alcohol wipes to lightly and gently dab and clean the area. I think crying might be inevitable, especially if it hurts your daughter, or she experience some kind of discomfort.

      Wishing your daughter to feel better and recover soon!

  4. My son is almost 6 weeks old and his umbilical cord is still attached!! I’ve tried everything under the sun and it doesn’t look like it’s budging much! should i wait til his two month visit or call it in?

    1. Hi Kristen,

      If you’re unsure and really want to get the umbilical cord out, may I suggest that you visit the PD and ask them for the powder to help speed up the drying process? That was how I got Nakayla’s umbilical cord out eventually. I’m not sure if it’s okay to leave it in for so long though (i.e. 2 months), best to call your PD up and seek his advice 🙂

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