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).
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.