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.
What happens if you get umbilical cord wet?
Getting your baby’s stump wet won’t slow up healing or make an infection more likely as long as you dry it afterwards (AWHONN 2013, Blume-Peytavi et al 2016) by gently patting it with a soft, clean towel or cloth. Keep your baby warm but let the stump dry fully before putting on a nappy.
When the umbilical cord becomes wet with urine, gently clean the base of the umbilical cord with mild soap and warm water. Rinse the area and pat it dry. Keep the belly button area dry. You may need to fold the top of the diaper down.
Why can’t you bathe a baby with an umbilical cord?
It’s fine to give your baby a bath before his umbilical cord stump has fallen off and healed (Blume-Peytavi et al 2016). Bathing your baby won’t make an infection in the stump more likely (Blume-Peytavi et al 2016). Just be sure that you allow it to dry off properly afterwards.
How long after the umbilical cord falls off Can I bathe my baby?
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.
Can I clean my baby’s umbilical cord with alcohol?
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.
Do babies feel pain when umbilical cord falls off?
Shortly after birth, it will be clamped and cut off. There are no nerve endings in your baby’s cord, so it doesn’t hurt when it is cut.
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.
What does a healthy umbilical stump look like?
At first, the stump might look shiny and yellow. But as it dries out, it may turn brown or gray or even purplish or blue. It’ll shrivel and turn black before it falls off on its own. Usually, it comes off between 10 and 14 days after your baby is born, but can take as long as 21 days.
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.
How often should babies bathe?
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.
When can I put lotion on my baby?
In the early months, as your baby’s immune system develops, you’ll want to use the mildest cleansers and the smallest bit of lotion. But when dry skin, eczema, and diaper rash appear, it’s time to treat those problems. Talk to your pediatrician about when to start using those products.
Can I put lotion on my newborn?
Using Lotion on Newborns
Using a moisturizing lotion on your newborn is okay and safe to use in place of baby oil unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician. Do keep in mind the type of lotion that you’re using. Use a lotion that has been formulated with a baby’s sensitive nature in mind.
Normal Navel Care:
- Keep the navel (belly button) clean and dry.
- If there are any secretions, clean them away. Use a wet cotton swab. Then, dry carefully.
- Do this gently to prevent any bleeding.
- Caution: Don’t use any rubbing alcohol. Reason: can interfere with healing.
How long does it take for the belly button to heal after the umbilical cord falls off? The skin underneath the stump may be a little red when the dried stump first falls off, but it should soon heal—usually within two weeks.