How is omphalitis treated?

Updated: May 20, 2019
  • Author: Patrick G Gallagher, MD; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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Treatment of omphalitis (periumbilical edema, erythema, and tenderness) in the newborn includes antimicrobial therapy and supportive care. Examine these patients frequently, and immediately debride any tissue that shows signs of advancing infection or necrosis.


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