Monday Myths ~ Umbilical Cord Care

umbilical cord

So you’ve brought you precious new baby home. At every diaper change you are careful to fold his/her diaper down to avoid irritating their umbilical cord stump that is busy healing. Most friends, neighbors or mothers will tell you to swab the umbilical cord stump with alcohol at every diaper change. But is it really necessary?

Swabbing with alcohol may actually slow down the healing process. Today, doctors recommend keeping the stump clean and dry until it falls off. Allow it to heal on its own! If you notice any redness or signs of infection, talk with your healthcare professional as soon as possible.