Bleeding from the belly button (i.e. the navel) is a common occurrence among newborns, as the umbilical cord gradually dries and falls off. Bleeding from belly button occurring within the first ten days of life is usually not associated with any health concerns. Bleeding from the belly button in adults is often associated with a complication and needs to be addressed immediately
Unlike newborns, there are a host of causative factors that can lead to bleeding from belly button in adults,
- Body piercing is the most common cause for bleeding around the belly button. While slight bleeding is common during the first few days after piercing, persistent bleeding is indicative of secondary infection.
- The navel is moist and warm and promotes the growth of microorganisms. When coupled with poor skin hygiene, bacterial infections caused by staphylococcus, streptococcus or candidia albicans can lead to skin tear and cause bleeding.
- Overweight individuals are prone to bleeding from the navel due to poor hygiene and bacterial infections.
- In some rare cases, bleeding from the navel may be associated with abdominal hernias.
How To Stop Belly Button From Bleeding?
The treatment regimen depends upon the underlying cause for the bleeding. A physical examination, a detailed medical history along with simple abdominal ultrasound study can help identify the exact cause for the bleeding from the umbilicus. The treatment course would depend upon the cause,
- Local application of a paste prepared by mixing equal parts of turmeric with raw honey can helpful. Turmeric and honey have antibacterial properties and can also hasten the healing of the skin, thereby preventing bleeding. Dabbing the umbilical region with tea tree oil can also help control fungal infection.
- Losing weight is essential in overweight individuals with repeated episodes of belly button bleeding. A healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended. It is prudent to avoid processed food, refined food and food cooked in trans fats.
- Avoid wearing tight cloths. Cotton clothing should be preferred over other synthetic cloths, as cotton can absorb sweat quickly.
- Maintaining umbilical hygiene is very important. Clean the navel with soap each day and ensure that the belly button is dry. This will prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi. Local application of anti-bacterial powder also useful.
- Cleaning the belly button using Epsom salt can also be helpful to prevent infection and stop bleeding. Take a bowl of warm water and add two tablespoons of Epsom salt. Now dab a cotton piece in the water and clean the umbilical cord using the cotton piece in a unidirectional movement i.e. clockwise.
- Homeopathic drugs like Graphitis and Sulphur are considered useful in dealing with skin related ailments.
- Local application of calendula ointment or Aloe Vera gel is useful in hastening the healing process. This application should be used after controlling the infection.
A thorough examination by a physician is essential since hernia can also lead to bleeding from the belly button. Surgical intervention is inevitable if hernia is the cause of umbilical bleeding. Till surgery is scheduled, the patient needs to rest and use abdominal support in order to prevent further damage to the internal abdominal organs.