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My 2 month old baby boys belly button seems to have a smalll piece of red skin peeking out of his belly button, some yellowish crust in the morning on the belly button. I am using an antibiotic cream, "Fucidin" the same kind that I used on him after his circumcision. Any reason why? Should I be cleaning it wiht alcohol? I am just cleaning with warm water right now. Please tell me as much information as you know to help. Thanx. By the way, my baby is still gaining weight, no fever, and still eating. However he does have a cold.


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replied August 8th, 2007
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According to the description you've provided (“small piece of red skin peeking out of his belly button and some yellowish crust in the morning on the belly button”), your baby is probably experiencing a local infection (omphalitis). You may continue using an antibiotic cream and for cleaning, you may use warm water with soap.


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