Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Umbilical Cord07/17/13
(HealthDay News) -- Baby's umbilical cord stump needs special
care until it falls off -- usually within eight weeks of birth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics mentions these tips for new
- Make sure the cord stump stays clean and dry.
- Give baby a sponge bath (not a regular bath) until the cord
stump falls off.
- Fold the edge of the diaper below the cord to keep urine away
- Call the doctor if the stump bleeds more than a few drops or
shows signs of infection, including discharge, redness or
sensitivity to touch.
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