Newborn’s Umbilical Cord Stump

There are a lot of new mothers who do not know how to care for a newborn’s umbilical cord stumps which is why we have decided to write down all the things you need to know in order for your baby to be safe. During a women’s pregnancy the baby gets its food and oxygen through the placenta. The baby is connected to the placenta through a cord called the umbilical cord. Once the baby is born the umbilical cord is cut very close to the body leaving nothing but a stump because there is no need for it anymore.

The umbilical cord stump will dry up in about 21 days leaving nothing but a wound which will also need a couple of days to heel. If you take care of it, it will heal fast. Although this is a natural process, sometimes complications arise because of medical negligence. There is a debate within the medical community over the proper time to clamp an umbilical cord and if that specific timing is related to any adverse conditions that may develop. Hospital-based obstetric practice usually calls for artificial clamping in as early as one minute after birth. On the other hand, birthing centers may delay the practice by five minutes or more or they may omit it altogether. If you baby has any complication because of medical negligence, discuss the case with a medical negligence solicitor. A medical negligence solicitor is specialized in malpractice cases and will be able to give you the best advice.

Make sure that the area is always dry and clean because otherwise it will get infected. When you put on a diaper on your baby make sure that you place the diaper over the stump or you can buy special diapers which have a special whole cut where the stump is. It is very important to keep it dry and not get wet with urine. Whatever you do don’t remove the stump let it fall on its own. When it has fallen you will notice a small spot of blood which is normal and you do not have to worry about it. Until the umbilical stump falls you should avoid giving your baby baths in the tub, just clean him with wet tissues. After it has fallen you are free to give him a bath in the baby tub.

Once the umbilical stump has fallen some small pieces will remains which will disappear on their own or will need medical treatment. You should go to your doctor and let him consult your baby just to make sure that it is heeling perfectly. Some medical treatment may be needed but your newborn will not suffer at all.

In case an infection appears you should know what the signs are, and they are:

  • If your newborn seems to have a fever or he does not feeling well
  • If the area around the stump becomes red and swollen
  • If you see on the base of the stump a pus


As you can see this is how to care for a newborn’s umbilical cord stump, it is not hard as long as you take the right measures.

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