Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change. Researchers now say this might kill bacteria that can help the cord dry and separate. Instead, expose the stump to air to help dry out the base. Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump.
Use a cotton swab or washcloth dampened with water (and soap if you must) to wipe away any blood or secretions. Don’t worry — a few drops of blood and clear secretions are totally fine. The area is healing. Dab the area dry.
How do you care for a newborn’s umbilical cord?
Caring for Baby’s Umbilical Cord Stump
- Be gentle. Keep your hands off of it, and don’t ever pull on it.
- Keep the cord clean and dry at all times. …
- Leave the cord alone until it falls off by itself. …
- Fold diapers so that they rest below the cord to shield it from your little one’s pee.
Can you put Vaseline on umbilical cord stump?
To keep the area dry, fold the diaper below the cord, and refrain from using lotion, powder or petroleum jelly on or near the stump. Don’t attempt to pull off or remove the cord. When it falls off, a small amount of bleeding is natural.
Keep the navel (belly button) clean and dry. If there are any secretions, clean them away. Use a wet cotton swab. Then, dry carefully.
- After the cord falls off, continue sponge baths for a few more days.
- Help the belly button area dry up.
- Then, tub baths will be fine.
Can you cover umbilical cord with diaper?
Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump. Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry.
How do you clean a newborn’s tongue?
To clean your baby’s tongue and gums correctly, you should:
- Make a habit of cleaning after feeding.
- Gently cradle your baby in one arm during the cleaning.
- Use a damp gauze or washcloth, or a silicone baby tongue cleaner.
- Gently massage their gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.
Why do you bury a baby’s umbilical cord?
“Umbilical cords were intended to be buried because this “anchors the baby to the earth” (Knoki-Wilson, 8/10/92). Baring the umbilical cord in the Earth establishes lifelong connection between the baby and the place.
What happens if you pull off a baby’s umbilical cord?
If the cord stump is pulled off too soon, it could start actively bleeding, meaning every time you wipe away a drop of blood, another drop appears. If the cord stump continues to bleed, call your baby’s provider immediately.
Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol. However, most now recommend leaving the stump completely alone because alcohol is believed to irritate the skin and sometimes delays healing. Other methods in caring for your baby’s cord include the use of Goldenseal Root and Echinacea.
You can help your baby’s umbilical cord stump fall off and heal faster by keeping it dry. Keep your baby’s diaper folded below the umbilical cord stump. If folding does not work well, try cutting out an area in the front of the diaper (before you put it on your baby) to keep the stump exposed to air.
How do you know if the umbilical cord is infected?
While slight bleeding is normal and usually nothing to be concerned about, signs of infection may include:
- red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord.
- pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord.
- a bad smell coming from the cord.
- a fussy, uncomfortable, or very sleepy baby.