How to Clean Umbilical Cord Stump on a Newborn Baby!!
Your baby’s umbilical cord gets cut immediately after birth, leaving a small umbilical stump that’s usually ½ to 1 inch long. Babies no longer need their umbilical cord, the stump falls off after about 1-3 weeks.
In the meantime, it’s important to keep your the umbilical stump clean and dry to prevent infection and irritated skin. Until the cord stump falls off on its own, clean your newborn’s stump gently with plain water and let it dry thoroughly.
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✔Wash your hands before touching the stump. Prevent infection by washing your hands before and after touching your baby’s cord stump.
✔Give your baby sponge baths until the stump falls off, avoid submerging their belly button in water in a tub or sink.
✔Swab the stump from bottom to top. Dip a cotton swab in the water. Gently wipe the stump starting at the base and wiping up to the top. Use a fresh cotton swab when you start back at the cord’s base.
✔Do not rub on it or massage it.
✔Dry the stump gently but completely. It’s important to dry the umbilical stump and surrounding area really well.
✔Keep the stump exposed to air until it is completely dry. Let the stump get a lot of air.
✔Avoid covering up your baby’s stump: keep it exposed to air so it heals faster.
✔Fold the top of their diaper down, or cut a notch in the top of the diaper around the stump.
✔Don’t pull off the stump. Every baby is different, and how long it takes the cord stump to fall off will vary. Resist the urge to pull the cord off, even if it looks like it’s about to fall off. It’s healthier and safer to let the stump fall off naturally.
✔Skip the rubbing alcohol that is methylated spirit. Parents used to clean the baby’s umbilical stump with rubbing alcohol, but now standard practice is to skip methylated spirit. This may help the baby’s stump to heal more quickly, and their skin is less likely to get dry or irritated.
✔Continue to keep your baby’s belly button clean after the cord falls off. Once the cord falls off you can bathe your baby in a tub.
❌❌Look for signs of infection every time you bathe your baby. If any signs of infection are present, take your baby to the doctor right away – an infected cord can cause serious problems.
🔲What to look out for:
❌Pus (sticky white, yellow, or green oozing from or near the cord)
❌Redness or swelling in the skin around the cord
❌A bad smell coming from the cord base
❌Continuous bleeding, like if you wipe away a drop of blood and another drop appears
❌Changes in your baby’s demeanor, like they’re more fussy, lethargic, or have a fever.
It’s normal to see a little dried blood or a little bit of white or yellow crust around the cord stump, and for it to bleed a little bit when the stump falls off.