An umbilical catheter is a small flexible tube that is put into your baby’s umbilical stump. The umbilical stump is what is left of the umbilical cord after it is cut when your baby is born. The stump sticks out of your baby’s belly button. The umbilical stump has blood vessels that are bigger and easier to reach than the ones in your baby’s arms or legs.
An umbilical catheter can be used to:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider about your choices for treatment and the risks.
Be sure to tell your child’s healthcare provider if anyone in your family has had problems with blood clotting.
Your baby will lie on his back and be held so he doesn’t move during the procedure. Your healthcare provider will put the catheter into a blood vessel in the umbilical stump. Your provider may use stitches or tape to keep the catheter in place.
Your baby will stay in the hospital while the umbilical catheter is in place. The catheter may be taken out when:
Every procedure or treatment has risks. Some possible risks of this procedure include:
Ask your healthcare provider how these risks apply to your child. Be sure to discuss any other questions or concerns that you may have.