2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Between one and three weeks after birth, what's left of your baby's umbilical cord will turn black and dry, eventually falling off. But in the meantime, you have to take care of it!
Here are some tips for caring for your baby's umbilical cord:
- Clean the base of the cord two or three times a day with a sterile gauze pad or cotton ball soaked in water. Recent studies seem to indicate that brushing with alcohol is unnecessary and may delay cord fallout.
- Try to always place the diaper below the navel. And if the weather allows it, leave the cord in the air to allow it to dry.
- There is no problem with immersing the cord in bath water, but you must dry it well when you get out of the water, gently.
- Slight bleeding may occur around the belly button after the cord has dropped. There is no need to worry. The bleeding should stop within two to three days.
- If you notice a bad odor, redness, swelling, or oozing around the cord, see your doctor. Also report any bleeding that persists for more than three days.
Between one and three weeks after birth, whichrest of your baby's umbilical cord will blacken and dry out, eventually falling off.