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Is it normal for my three-week-old baby to still have his umbilical cord?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes. It can take up to 8 weeks for the umbilical stump to fall off. During this time you may notice some slight bleeding at the site, which is normal. In the meantime, clean the cord stump twice a day with alcohol swabs and make sure to keep the area free of moisture.

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