Caring for the Cord
Today there are four simple steps to properly care for baby’s umbilical cord:
- Keep it dry: Allow the cord stump to dry out. To do this, avoid covering it up as much as possible. Fold baby’s diaper under the cord so that it stays out of the diaper.
- Keep it clean: When the cord stump gets dirty, use a soft cloth and warm water to carefully clean the cord. Gently dab it dry with a clean cloth.
- Sponge Baths Only: It’s important to keep the cord stump as dry as possible, so no full baths until the cord has fallen off.
- Leave the cord stump alone: Let baby’s cord stump fall off on its own. It should fall off within a few weeks of his birth.