Edward seems to have a poorly bellybutton at the moment. It’s a little swollen, and has a bit of an odour to it (nice, huh?). Elaine phoned NHS Direct this morning, and they advised us to sluice his bellybutton with warm, boiled water, dry it with a lint free cloth (not the cotton wool we’ve been using), and wait for the midwife to have a look at him when she visits tomorrow.

Edward doesn’t seem in any discomfort, but it’s worrying for us to keep seeing dried blood on his clothes; after two weeks his umbilicus should really be fully healed, especially as the cord stump dropped off after just three days.

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