1 result(s) of taking care of the umbilical cord after birth
A child gets nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord when the baby is in
the womb. After birth, the umbilical cord is not needed and hence it is tied
(clamped and snipped) leaving behind a short tail like a rod. This too dries and
falls off on its own. 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 the
first few weeks until it falls off. 3. Do not try to pull it off; let it dry and
fall off on its own. Sometimes it may bleed when the cord falls off that is
normal so do not worry about it.
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.