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Home | Baby Articles | Caring For Your Newborn's Umbilical Cord

Caring For Your Newborn's Umbilical Cord

By Rose Smith, Copyright 2003

Once you get your newborn home, you'll find that there are a few special care needs that have to be taken care of. One of these is the umbilical cord stump left from where the umbilical cord was attached.

The cord that is left needs to be kept clean and dry until it falls off - usually in a week or two. Don't be alarmed if you see a small amount of dried blood around the stump at first. However, if you notice that the cord stump is oozing puss or that more than a small seepage of blood is appearing, be sure to notify your doctor immediately.

You should clean this area every time you change your baby's diaper. Simply take a small cotton swab or cotton ball that's been lightly soaked in alcohol and carefully swab the stump with the alcohol. When you rediaper your baby, make sure you fold the diaper down below the belly button, so it doesn't rub against the cord. Allowing air to get to this area will speed up the drying process.

You should also stick to giving your baby sponge baths instead of a bath where the belly would be submerged. As the cord stump dries up it will get smaller and turn somewhat black, then eventually fall off. Once it's gone, you can discontinue the alcohol swabbing and begin regular bath sessions.

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