How to take care of my child’s umbilical cord?

 
Contributed by : Asha Lalwani   
How to take care of my child’s umbilical cord?

A child gets nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord when the baby is in the womb but after birth the umbilical cord is not needed. Read more to know how you can take a little extra care.

A child gets nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord when the baby is in the womb but after birth the umbilical cord is not needed and hence it is tied (clamped and snipped) leaving behind a short tail like rod. This too will dry and fall off. Until then take a little extra care:

 

1.)  Keep the cord dry, you can use the powder that your paediatrician has suggested

2.)  If you are not comfortable in keeping it dry while bathing, you can go for sponging for first few weeks

3.)  Do not try to pull it off, let it dry and fall off.

 

Sometimes it may bleed when the cord falls off that are normal do not worry about it.




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