Is application of salt for 3 days locally is sufficient to treat umbilical granuloma?

Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2021 Jul-Sep;18(3):160-163. doi: 10.4103/ajps.AJPS_50_20.


Background: The falling of Umbilical stump occurs by 7-15 days of age. The healing of umbilical stump may be complicated by Umbilical Granuloma. It is often treated by chemical cauterisation which require repeated applications and may lead to local or systemic complications. Common salt by way of its dessicative property may help in treatment of Umbilical Granuloma.

Objective: The objective of the study is to assess the role of common salt application in umbilical granuloma.

Materials and methods: This is retrospective study over 3 years from a pediatric surgery unit in Northern India. The study subjects were infants less than 10 weeks of age who presented with umbilical granuloma. The method of salt application was 1 pinch of common salt for 1 hour twice a day for 3 consecutive days. The babies were assessed at day 5th for resolution. The success was defined as thrice resolution after 3 cycles. The baseline demographic details were taken and the association of success of treatment was analyzed.

Results: A total of 36 infants were given treatment in form of common salt application for treatment of umbilical granuloma. The success of around 96% and the cases which presented early responded well. Most of the cases resolved after 3 cycles of treatment.

Conclusion: The common salt application is effective in treatment of granuloma without any side effects.

Keywords: Chemical cauterisation; persistent discharge; umbilical polyp.

MeSH terms

  • Digestive System Abnormalities*
  • Female
  • Granuloma*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing