Lots of parents feel a little icky about dealing with cord stump care. It's not the most attractive baby part,...
Lots of parents feel a little icky about dealing with cord stump care. It's not the most attractive baby part, and the idea of something falling off your child is a little disconcerting. However, caring for the stump is no big deal. It's easy compared to learning how to calm crying and dealing with diaper dramas.
  • The umbilical cord stump has no nerves, it's sort of like dead tissue. No worries about pain when dealing with the stump.
  • Until the cord falls off, (usually around 2-3 weeks) only give sponge baths. Don't submerse your babe in bath water.
  • Dress your baby in clothing that doesn't rub against the cord. The cord itself is painless, but constant rubbing (the cord against your baby's belly) can be irritating to your baby's skin. You can get diapers that have cutouts for cord stumps, or fold the diaper down.
There are two methods of basic cleaning care for your baby's umbilical cord stump. 1. Clean with alcohol. 2. Don't use alcohol. Alcohol used to be a normal recommendation, but in current years, many pediatricians note that alcohol is overkill. If you do clean with alcohol, simply dip a cotton swab in a wee bit of alcohol and clean all the way around the cord with the swab, Talk to your baby's pediatrician about alcohol use.

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