There are a few things to remember when it comes to caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord.
1) Give your baby sponge baths instead of tub baths until it is fully healed.
2) Never attempt to pull off the stump even if it looks ready to be removed.
3) Keep the area clean and dry.
If the area looks red or inflamed, consult with your child’s doctor to rule out an infection (although this is rare).