The best way to care for an umbilical cord stump is to keep it clean and dry until it falls off on its own. To keep it clean, you don’t need to wash it regularly. Instead, you should avoid getting it dirty. Keeping the stump dry is the best way to promote healthy healing and a natural break off.
Are you supposed to clean a newborn umbilical cord?
After birth, the cord is clamped and cut. Eventually between 1 to 3 weeks the cord will become dry and will naturally fall off. During the time the cord is healing it should be kept as clean and as dry as possible. A sponge bath is the best way to clean your baby until the umbilical cord falls off.
When should I clean my baby’s umbilical cord?
Taking care of the stump
Your baby’s umbilical cord stump dries out and eventually falls off — usually within one to three weeks after birth. In the meantime, treat the area gently: Keep the stump dry. Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change.
How do you clean a newborn’s umbilical cord?
Dip a cotton swab in warm water. Squeeze the tip to remove the excess water. Gently clean around the base of the cord and then the surrounding skin, then hold the stump with a clean absorbent cloth to dry it completely. It is important that the umbilical cord remain clean and dry until it falls off naturally.
Normal Navel Care:
- Keep the navel (belly button) clean and dry.
- If there are any secretions, clean them away. Use a wet cotton swab. Then, dry carefully.
- Do this gently to prevent any bleeding.
- Caution: Don’t use any rubbing alcohol. Reason: can interfere with healing.
Should you delay cutting the cord?
Research suggests delayed cord clamping is safe and beneficial for you and your baby. Both the WHO and ACOG recommend delayed clamping. Your doctor or midwife may clamp and cut the cord immediately after delivery unless you ask for delayed clamping.
WHO recommended umbilical cord care?
“Daily chlorhexidine (7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate aqueous solution or gel, delivering 4% chlorhexidine) application to the umbilical cord stump during the first week of life is recommended for newborns who are born at home in settings with high neonatal mortality (30 or more neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births).
Can a baby’s umbilical cord get infected?
In most cases, the umbilical cord stump dries up and falls off the newborn within the first few weeks of life. But sometimes an infection can develop. This may cause the area around the cord to swell and become inflamed, red, or tender. There may be cloudy, discolored, or bad-smelling discharge from the cord.
How does umbilical cord get infected?
After birth, the cord, which has no nerve endings, is clamped (to stop bleeding) and cut close to the navel, leaving a stub. The stub generally falls off in one to three weeks after birth. During birth and the clamping and cutting process, germs can invade the cord and cause infection.
Can umbilical cord hurt newborn?
There are no nerve endings in your baby’s cord, so it doesn’t hurt when it is cut. What’s left attached to your baby is called the umbilical stump, and it will soon fall off to reveal an adorable belly button.
How do you know if the umbilical cord is infected?
These are some of the signs of an infected umbilical cord:
- A smelly yellow discharge from the stump area.
- A reddening of the skin around the stump.
- Swelling of the navel area.
- Your baby crying when you touch the stump, indicating it is tender or sore.
Should the umbilical cord smell?
It’s normal for the cord stump to be a little smelly. If smell becomes strong, if there’s oozing, redness around the stump base, bleeding or infection, take your baby along to his doctor.
Once the stump falls off, you can give your baby a proper bath. You don’t have to clean the belly button any more or less than the rest of baby’s body. You can use the corner of a washcloth to clean in the belly button, but you don’t need to use soap or to scrub too hard.