Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump. Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry. Let the stump fall off on its own.
After the cord falls off, continue sponge baths for a few more days. Help the belly button area dry up. Then, tub baths will be fine.
Normal Navel Care:
- Keep the navel (belly button) clean and dry.
- If there are any secretions, clean them away. …
- Do this gently to prevent any bleeding.
Should I cover the umbilical cord with a bandaid?
A few drops of blood when the stump falls off is normal. If it bleeds any more than this, contact your baby’s healthcare provider. Don’t tape or cover the umbilical area with a coin.
Antibiotic Ointment for Pus:
- If any pus is present, use an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin).
- No prescription is needed.
- Put a tiny amount on the belly button.
- Do this 2 times per day after the area has been cleaned.
- Do this for 2 days. After that, use the antibiotic ointment only if you see more pus.
It appears as a small pink or red lump and may be covered in a clear or yellow discharge. It doesn’t usually bother the baby, but it can occasionally become infected and cause symptoms such as skin irritation and fever. It will often go away on its own within a week or two.
A newborn’s belly button may bleed while the cord is falling off or shortly after it does. Most often, newborn belly button bleeding is not a cause for concern but a regular part of the healing process. Occasionally though, it can signal a problem. The umbilical cord supplies a fetus with nutrients from the mother.
Is 5 days too early for umbilical cord to fall off?
You can expect the cord to fall off between 5 and 15 days after your baby is born. Around 2 weeks is the average amount of time, but sometimes the cord may fall off a little earlier or later. This is perfectly normal.
When the umbilical cord falls off can I give a bath?
After your infant’s umbilical cord falls off, you can bathe them in a baby bathtub. … You can gently splash or pour warm water over your baby to keep them warm in the tub. Use a washcloth to clean their face and hair, and shampoo their scalp one to two times per week.
You may notice a red, raw-looking spot right after the stump falls off. A small amount of fluid sometimes tinged with blood may ooze out of the navel area. It is normal for this to last up to 2 weeks after the stump falls off. If it doesn’t heal or dry completely within 2 weeks, call your doctor or nurse call line.
Always let the diaper area air dry for a few minutes before putting on a new diaper. When the skin is dry, you can use Vaseline or a barrier cream (such as Aquaphor, A&D, Desitin, or Butt Paste) to prevent rashes from developing.
Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol. However, most now recommend leaving the stump completely alone because alcohol is believed to irritate the skin and sometimes delays healing.
What happens if you pull the umbilical cord?
If the cord stump is pulled off too soon, it could start actively bleeding, meaning every time you wipe away a drop of blood, another drop appears. If the cord stump continues to bleed, call your baby’s provider immediately.