4 Tips for Umbilical cord care for newborns

  • November 13, 2017
  • By Quirky Woman Shraddha Tripathi

There are many things you should be careful about after delivering a baby. Many things you know and many you don't. I suggest you start reading articles related to motherhood, newborns caring tips and all during your pregnancy. That will be very helpful for every new mommy.

Ok one of them is the umbilical cord care. When you deliver the baby first thing doctors do is cutting the umbilical cord connecting you and your baby.

You and your baby can't feel it because it doesn't have any nerve. After the cord cut down there is 2-3 cm of the stump on the navel. Doctors tied it very carefully and you just have to take care of it. 

There are some instructions you should follow

1. Don't give bath until the stump will fall off 
It will take I guess 5-10 days normally to fall off. It may take longer in some cases but not more than 15 days. After it falls off there become a wound that will dry out in three to four days. This is the whole process you have to be careful.

During this duration, don't give the bath. You can do sponging with little soap and lukewarm water but don't use anything near naval. It has to be dry always. Doctors give powder to spread near naval. Clean it only with tissue and apply powder.

2. Use comfortable clothes 
The clothes should be very clean and comfortable. They should not fit in size in that case the stump will not dry easily so make sure there should always be a gap for air near naval.
Use nappy beneath the naval area for the same reason. 

3.Don't Use Antiskeptic 
It will dry out and fall off on its own. That may look like it is not healing or after stump fall off the wound need anti-skeptic but it is not necessary. That will be done on its own.

4.When you should run to the hospital 
If you feel there is redness or sore or flesh or smell puss after 15 days of the delivery then you should consult your doctor for sure.
The infection rarely occurs, but if it does, you may notice these signs:
  • Swollen or red cord
  • Continuous bleeding
  • Oozing white or yellowish pus
  • Foul odor discharge
  • Pain in the area
  • Fluid-filled lump
  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Lethargy, irritability and low appetite

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  1. Yup, had to follow all those tips when my 3 were babies... great info for new mommies ♥

  2. This is definitely something to know. After I had my son no one told me how to take care of that. I am very glad that somebody took the time to write a post about it.

  3. No babies yet but I can only imagine how the umbilical cordon must be taken care of. These tips will be super useful when I have a baby!

    1. You will find these points very helpful in future...Thank you

  4. Interesting post! This is something I need to know in near future. I’ll keep in mind :)

    1. Thank you...Till then you will find many info on my website. So keep in mind

  5. My baby now is turning 3 months and her cord fell off a couple of weeks since she was born. It got some small bleeding around the area but her pedia advices us that it's normal and just clean and leave it dry as possible.

  6. This is great thank you for sharing these tips. Sometimes new moms don't know and this is really vital information.

  7. Yes! This is almost exactly what my midwife told me to do when my littles were born.

    1. Yes and many women don't know about it...that's why I shared this one

  8. My sister is expecting soon and I shared this article with her. Nice and informative.

  9. I basically left my babies' umbilical cord stumps alone. All three fell off without any problems.

  10. This is something that a lot of new moms are needing to know about. I know for me it made me nervous.

  11. These are some really incredible tips for new moms. I know quite a few people I can share with.

  12. I couldn't agree more! Since my son is almost 2, I see your journey is just right. You think about every single detail.

  13. These are great tips for new mothers. I know I had a few things I was confused about at first.