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How to care for your newborn baby's umbilical cord

Updated on April 1, 2017

Caring for a newborn baby's belly button until the remnant of the umbilical cord falls off

When you take your newborn baby home from the hospital, you will find that there are very specific instructions for caring for his belly button.

After the umbilical cord is cut, there is a remaining bit that will fall off in the coming couple of weeks. During the healing process, it is likely that you will be instructed to use isopropyl alcohol specifically on the belly button and umbilical cord. During each diaper change, you can dab just a touch of alcohol on the belly button/umbilical cord. A cotton swab seems to be the most convenient thing to use for applying the isopropyl alcohol.

Facilitated by the use of the alcohol, the bit of umbilical cord remaining will eventually dry up and fall off.

 You might have heard time and again that you can not give the baby a "real" bath until after the umbilical cord has fallen off. You can bathe your baby, as long as you do not get that area wet. You might want to cover the area with a gentle gauze just at bath time and clean your baby with a sponge or washcloth that has be saturated with water and gentle cleansers.


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 months ago from USA

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, truly, thank God for our lives and the miracle of a newborn baby entering the world is oh so astounding.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very comprehensive hub and advice.

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      munirahmadmughal 7 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "How to care for your newborn babys Umbilical Cord" is an instructive and useful hub.

      The medical advice or the experienced mothers may well do the best possible in the interest of the child.

      Here is a food for thought. "Cord" played a very important role where neither mother, nor father, not doctor, nor any other human beings could do anything. it was all by the Creator who made the seed a living being with all the faculties and how much thanks are due towards Him.

      May God Almighty bless us all.