How To Care For Umbilical Cord When It Falls Off
- Keep The Area Clean. Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol.
- Keep The Area Dry. Allow the cord to be exposed to air as often as possible.
- Only Give Sponge Baths. Do not bathe your baby in a sink or special tub until after the umbilical cord has fallen off.
- Allow The Cord to Heal Naturally. It may be tempting to “help” the cord dry out and fall off especially if it appears to be hanging on by a thread,
Do You Clean Belly Button After Umbilical Cord Falls Off?
Sometimes the stump falls off before the first week. Do you clean belly button after umbilical cord falls off? Once the stump falls off, you can give your baby a proper bath. You don’t have to clean the belly button any more or less than the rest of baby’s body. You can use the corner of a washcloth to clean in the belly button, but you don’t need to use soap or to scrub too hard.