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Omphalitis in the neonate

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Omphalitis is an inflammation of the umbilicus, most often seen after birth. Any skin pathogen can be the causitive organism.

It is predisposed to by poor hygeine; prevention is good hygeine and the careful folding of nappies to get good exposure of the umbilical stump to the air.

Treatment is with oral or systemic antibiotics; there is a minimal role for topical antibiotics.

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