When your baby is born the umbilical cord is cut and there is a stump left. The stump should dry and fall off by the time your baby is 5 to 15 days old. Keep the stump clean with gauze and water only. Sponge bathe the rest of your baby, as well.
How should you care for your baby’s umbilical cord stump?
Taking care of the stump
- Keep the stump dry. Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change. …
- 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.
- Let the stump fall off on its own.
Once the stump falls off, you can give your baby a proper bath. You don’t have to clean the belly button any more or less than the rest of baby’s body. You can use the corner of a washcloth to clean in the belly button, but you don’t need to use soap or to scrub too hard.
What is the proper procedure on doing the cord care of the newborn?
Keep the cord dry and exposed to air. The nappy should allow for the cord to sit out of it. Wash hands before handling the umbilical cord and where possible avoid touching the cord stump. The cord clamp will fall off between days 5-10, you do not need to remove the clamp on discharge from hospital.
What do I do after my baby’s umbilical cord falls off?
Dab the area dry. There are no nerve endings in the navel cord, so your baby won’t feel any pain. Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down (or use diapers with an umbilical cord peephole) so that the area is open to the air. Dress your baby in loose clothing so that the cord is exposed and can dry out.
WHO recommended umbilical cord care?
“Daily chlorhexidine (7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate aqueous solution or gel, delivering 4% chlorhexidine) application to the umbilical cord stump during the first week of life is recommended for newborns who are born at home in settings with high neonatal mortality (30 or more neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births).
What is cord care?
Introduction. Cord care is the series of steps applied in handling of the umbilical cord after delivery of the new born and if not meticulously carried out will contributes significantly to newborns’ risk of infection and mortality (1–3).
How long does Belly Button take to heal after cord falls off?
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.
If the cord smells bad or seems infected, you can smear a little antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin®) around and on the base of the cord. You can clean the cord as often as needed, perhaps 3 or 4 times a day.
How would you give care to the eyes of a baby?
Using a soft washcloth or a cotton ball and plain water, you can carefully cleanse your baby’s eyes. Dampen a cloth or cotton ball with a little bit of warm water. With the baby’s eyes closed, gently wipe the eyes from the inside to the outside corners.