Saturday, April 30, 2011
The umbilical cord, which linked Baby to you, is cut and tied immediately after birth. It begins to dry and turn leathery soon afterwards and will fall off within 5-10 days. A slight bulge around the umbilical cord may sometimes develop in the first month. This too is not uncommon and is not dangerous; it generally disappears by the end of the first year.
The newborn's genitals are usually disproportionately large, being swollen at birth. The swelling will gradually disappear. In an uncircumcised baby boy, the foreskin normally adherers to his penis and should not be forcibly retracted. The foreskin naturally separates and becomes retractable as the child grows older. In the case of newborn girls, there is often a vaginal discharge in the first days after bith. It appears as white mucus and may be tinged with blood.