20Very Sensitive: The Umbilical Cord Stump
After the baby is born, the doctor clamps the umbilical cord twice and cuts in between the clamps. This leaves a few inches of the cord attached to the baby, which is supposed to dry and fall out after a few days. However, before it falls out, the stump is
super sensitive because it is an actual wound and it requires a lot of care to heal.
The stump is prone to infection and should be clean and dry at all times until it falls off on its own. If it gets wet, a caregiver must pat it gently with a clean cloth or a Q-tip. In addition, caregivers should ensure they fold down the baby's diaper to keep it away from the stump.