How Should Umbilical Cord Care Be Done?

The umbilical cord that reminds her of her baby’s time in the womb has fallen, it will fall! So when? What should you do until the fall, how should you keep the vineyard clean? For the answers to these questions, we recommend that you check our article.

When does the umbilical cord fall off?

The umbilical cord usually falls off between 7 and 15 days after birth. However, the baby’s umbilical cord may fall earlier or may not fall off. Do not worry about such situations.

How is umbilical cord inflammation diagnosed?

If you have observed conditions such as pus oozing, bleeding, redness or swelling around the umbilical cord, it is helpful to consult your doctor, as this may require immediate attention. You may even have to use antibiotics to treat your baby. For this reason, it is best to pay attention to the cleanliness of the umbilical cord from the very beginning.

How to clean the umbilical cord?

Keeping the umbilical cord dry accelerates its fall. For this reason, we recommend that you do not bathe your baby in the tub and do not wet the cord part until the umbilical cord falls off.

Do not cover the umbilical cord area with panties or a diaper, as the contact of the umbilical cord with air will help it heal faster!

Here’s what you need to do for this:

  • While diapering your baby, you can fold the front of the diaper down to allow the area to breathe and prevent the area from coming into contact with urine.
  • You can pull up your baby’s clothing from time to time.
  • There are two opinions about using alcohol to clean the umbilical cord. Some experts say you can wipe it with alcohol (sterile cotton or cloth) to keep the cord dry and clean.*

Mark Peter, in her book Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care, states that alcohol cotton should not be used for belly care any more, with the recommendation of the World Health Organization. In this way, it is aimed to keep the umbilical cord open and dry on its own and fall off more quickly.

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