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Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Umbilical Cord

Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Umbilical Cord

07/17/13

(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 parents:

  • 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 from it.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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