Baby Care – Cord Care

One of the things my daughter was worried about after she had a baby was looking at her umbilical cord. Many new parents worry about this and wonder how to deal with it. So, in this post, we’ll go over how to take care of it, but before we do, let’s go through a few things. When your baby is born, the Doctor or Midwife will clamp the umbilical cord and then cut it leaving a stump about 3 cm long. After a few days this clamp will be removed after it has dried and sealed, and after about 7-8 days this clamp will turn black and shrink after it will fall off, leaving a small wound that will heal and become your baby’s navel. .

Cord Care:

It is very important in cord care to prevent infection by keeping the cord clean and dry. You can do this with the baby top and tail, or by bathing. Many parents worry about the cord stump getting wet, but this is safe, just dry the stump VERY LIGHTLY with a soft, dry, clean towel. It is recommended to allow the cord to dry before putting on the diaper. Please don’t let the baby get cold while doing this, dress the baby’s top half and keep it warm until it’s time to put on the diaper, then continue dressing and wrap your baby. Years ago, when my babies were born, we were advised to use a cotton swab and some antiseptic on the cord stump; however, this is not common practice at the moment. Remember, if you are worried; Discuss your concerns with your doctor or midwife.

Next, we need to discuss cord care while changing baby’s diaper:

At all costs, you should not smear any fecal urine on the cord. If you are using a disposable diaper made specifically for newborns, one way is to tuck the top of the diaper under the cord. My daughter and her husband did this and it was very effective. When it’s time to change baby’s diaper, a little cord care tip from my daughter; before opening the diaper, cover the cord with a tissue, then with a diaper (disposable wipes that you buy to clean the baby at diaper change); Change the cloth, making sure to thoroughly clean and cream it. Then after putting on the clean diaper, fold the top down and remove the wipe and wipe it off. If for any reason some urine or feces get on the cord, do not panic; This is not the end of the world! Clean the area thoroughly using a little baby soap that is pH neutral and allow it to dry.

The 2 most important things in cord care may seem obvious, but they are very important:

– Let the log fall naturally, do not pull.

-Wash your hands before changing diapers, before changing diapers, and before touching the cord. Another little tip, after washing and drying your hands, spray some hand sanitizer and massage your hands, then you know they are really clean. You can buy this hand sanitizer in a variety of sizes, but the most economical is a large bottle with a pump. After that, you fill pocket-sized bottles to take with you when you go out with your baby so you always have clean hands when holding them.

Now I know a burning question to ask, “How long does it take for the cord stump to heal completely?” the answer is about 10 days. Sometimes you can see some blood on the diaper from this area, but don’t panic, this is completely normal. Please note, if you are worried about your baby’s umbilical cord stump, if he cries a little or stinks, or if your baby seems uncomfortable, contact your doctor right away. until the next.


It is important to note that the information contained in this article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. All questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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