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. Let the stump fall off on its own.
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.
How long does the umbilical cord take to heal?
With treatment, the cloudy discharge and pus should be gone in 2 to 3 days. The navel should become dry and healed by 7 days.
Some newborn diapers come with a little scoop in the design to prevent the diaper from rubbing against the stump. Use clean cotton clothing on your newborn and their healing belly button. It’s ok to pull light clothing over the stump, but avoid anything too tight, or fabrics that don’t breathe well.
When the umbilical cord falls off can I give a bath?
Only give your newborn sponge baths until the stump of the umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens by about one or two weeks of age. If it remains beyond that time, there may be other issues at play. See the baby’s doctor if the cord has not dried up and fallen off by the time the baby is two months old.
How long after umbilical cord falls off can I give baby a bath?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends sticking to sponge baths for the first week or two until the umbilical cord stump falls off and the belly button heals. Choose a time of day when your baby is awake and a place that is comfortable for you and safe for your baby.
What does a healing umbilical cord look like?
Knowing what to expect
Right after birth, an umbilical cord stump usually looks white and shiny and may feel slightly damp. As the stump dries and heals, it may look brown, grey, or even black. This is normal. Usually no problems will develop as long as you keep the area clean and dry.
How often should you bathe a newborn?
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.
Do babies breathe before the umbilical cord is cut?
But as the baby emerges, the umbilical cord – if left to pulsate – returns all of this blood to its rightful owner in a few minutes. The cord continues to act as the baby’s only oxygen supply until the baby starts to breathe, before the placenta becomes detached.
What does the hospital do with the umbilical cord?
Usually, the umbilical cord and placenta are discarded after birth. If a mother chooses to have her cord blood collected, the health care team will do so after the baby is born. With a sterile needle, they’ll draw the blood from the umbilical vessels into a collection bag.