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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia
Dr. Ann Lenox Kellams, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and medical director of the newborn nursery at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, is an expert in newborn care and breastfeeding. Kellams teaches pediatric clinical skills to students and residents and authored the Newborn Nursery Resident and Student Curriculum and Orientation Manual for UVA Children’s Hospital. Kellams serves her surrounding community by being a mentor for the African American Student Mentorship Program, by serving on the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and by hosting various community education workshops on newborn and infant care. She received the Outstanding Graduate Designation from her alma mater, the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
How long will the umbilical cord stay on my baby?
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Ann Kellams discusses when to expect your newborn's umbilical cord to fall off.
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Host: How long will the umbilical cord stay on my baby?
Dr. Ann Kellams: So there is a spectrum, there is a range, but generally, it's when the baby is two to three weeks of age. Generally, all of them are off by about that time. I have seen can it fall off before you leave the hospital. I have seen it happen and that has been fine and do some stay on more than three weeks occasionally. But generally in that two to three week range.