How to care for a baby’s umbilical cord ?

How to care for a baby’s umbilical cord ?

let us share Tips on caring for a newborn's umbilical cord, including cleaning, dressing, and when to seek medical help. It debunks common myths and emphasizes the importance of keeping the stump dry and avoiding tight clothes. 🩺 Taking care of the umbilical cord stump is easy and involves keeping it dry and avoiding excessive cleaning. This allows for proper healing and detachment.

 📅 The normal process of the umbilical cord stump changing color and falling off takes around 5-15 days.

🩹 Signs of infection in the umbilical cord include fever, redness, swelling, lump, yellow or green pus, and foul smell.
🛀 Cleaning the baby involves using a washcloth and avoiding submerging in a bath until the stump falls off.
🚼 Diapering and dressing should avoid covering the umbilical cord area until the stump falls off. Loose-fitting clothes and diapers with a newborn cutout are recommended.
🤔 Debunking myths: the umbilical cord does not attach mom to baby, and the appearance of the baby's belly button is not influenced by the way the cord is cut or tied.
📞 Alert your doctor if you notice signs of infection in the umbilical cord.
🎥 Additional resources: videos on cord cutting and positions to make labor faster.
Umbilical cord problems in newborns are common. Three common problems include a gunky cord, a pink or bleeding cord stump, and an umbilical hernia. It's important to worry when there are signs of infection, when a granuloma is actually a duct remnant, or when an umbilical hernia causes pain.
- 🤢 Gunky cord is a common and normal occurrence as the umbilical cord dries up and falls off. It may have a smell and require gentle cleaning, but it is generally not a cause for concern.
- 🔴 Redness and inflammation of the skin around the cord stump may indicate an infection called omphalitis. This requires medical attention, as the baby may need intravenous antibiotics.
- 💗 Umbilical granuloma is a common issue when a small amount of tissue remains after the cord falls off. It may appear pink, moist, and occasionally bleed. Most granulomas resolve on their own, but if they do not respond to treatment or if there are signs of a duct remnant, further evaluation is needed.
- 👶 Umbilical hernias are common and usually harmless. They can cause a visible bulge that may appear larger when the baby cries, but they typically do not cause pain. If the hernia becomes painful or does not resolve by age 4-5, medical and surgical intervention may be necessary.

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