After giving birth to your baby you now have a newborn and that can bring many questions about caring for them. One of the biggest things that parents’ have questions about is their baby’s umbilical cord.
You know that when you were pregnant the umbilical cord was their lifeline to you. But now that they are born you are left with the stump of the cord that is still attached to them. You might be wondering when will it fall off and how do you care for it since it can seem very mysterious at first. So keep reading to discover ten things you should know about your little one’s umbilical cord after giving birth.
10 Keep The Umbilical Cord Dry
A very important rule when it comes to caring for your newborn's umbilical cord is that it needs to remain dry. According to WhatToExpect.com, when your newborn still has an umbilical cord on them you are going to want to make sure to keep their cord dry.
If their umbilical cord gets wet and stays wet it can cause your little one to have an infection, meaning they may have to get help to overcome this. Make sure you keep their cord as dry as possible so they don't have any issues.
9 Be Careful When Bathing Your Baby
Something that many parents look forward to is bath time with their baby. This is because several parents dream about bubble baths, toys, smiles and giggles when it comes to bathing their baby. In reality, when you have a newborn you are giving them sponge baths since they are not old enough for the bathtub.
MayoClinic.org shows that when your newborn still has their umbilical cord you are not going to want to submerge their umbilical cord under the water and you need to keep to sponge baths. Giving your newborn a sponge bath will help keep their umbilical cord dry and clear of infection.
8 There Is No Way Of Predicting If Your Baby Will Have An Innie Or An Outie
There are two types of belly buttons that your child can have after their umbilical cord falls off. There is an innie where their belly button goes inside or an outside where their skin goes outside of the belly button.
AmericanPregnancy.org has reported that many parents believe that if they tap the umbilical cord with a flat object it will help your child get an innie belly button. This is not true at all and there is no way of predicting or guaranteeing a certain belly button for your baby.
7 Keep The Cord Clean
Just like you have to clean your baby, you also need to make sure you are cleaning their umbilical cord. Parents must make sure to keep their newborn’s umbilical cord clean until it falls off.
You might be tempted to go in with a washcloth and soap to clean their umbilical cord but you need to be careful. As stated getting it wet can cause issues so however you clean it make sure you dry it afterward. If you're unsure ask your pediatrician.
6 Pay Attention To Their Diaper
When you think about babies many people’s minds will start thinking about diapers. If you have a newborn you need to make sure that you are being careful when it comes to their diaper and their umbilical cord. When you are putting on a new diaper on your child you need to make sure that the top of the diaper is not over the umbilical cord.
You want to give the umbilical cord the chance to breathe so it will remain healthy. Also, you do not want to have their diaper pulling on the umbilical cord making your baby feel any pain.
5 Know The Signs Of Infections
Since the umbilical cord is still a part of your baby there is a chance it can get infected. Even though you are hoping this will not happen to your baby, it is best to know the signs of an infection so you can look out for it.
There are some common signs of umbilical cord infections that you need to look out for. These signs include the umbilical cord being red, swollen, oozing pus or any foul-smelling discharge, bleeding from the scab, or if they have a fever. If your newborn is experiencing any of these signs you need to contact their doctor right away so they can look at it.
4 Dress Your Baby In Loose Clothes
Buying baby clothes is always a fun activity to do. You might have the perfect outfits picked out for them where they are going to look their cutest. But some of the clothes that you have might not be the best for your newborn to wear right away.
To help protect your baby’s umbilical cord that you are going to want to dress your child in loose clothes that will not tug on their cord. So make sure you save all the cute more fitted outfits until their umbilical cord falls out after a few days.
3 Let It Fall Off By Itself
One of the hardest things for parents to do when it comes to caring for their little one’s umbilical cord is to be patient and to let their cord fall off by itself.
WebMD.com mentions that many parents might be included to “help” their baby’s umbilical cord fall off. But this can do damage to your newborn can cause an infection in that area. As a parent, you must wait for the cord to fall off by itself and not take any role in pulling or cutting it off, lest you cause problems for your baby.
2 Know When It Usually Falls Off
Each baby’s umbilical cord is going to fall off by itself and though it might fall off at a different time then your friend's baby there is a time period that they will typically fall off.
A newborn’s umbilical cord will usually fall off by itself within two weeks after birth. Though that can feel like a long time it is important to take care of it properly until it falls off. So be patient until their cord falls off, but make sure you take note of when it does so you can tell their doctor.
1 Talk To Their Doctor
One thing you should do if you are unsure about what to do when it comes to your newborn’s umbilical cord is to talk to their doctor.
Their doctor is trained and spent years learning about newborns so if you have any concerns or questions then you are going to want to call them on their advice. Your child’s pediatrician is there for you and you should use them as an asset whenever you are unsure about anything when it comes to your baby, and not just their umbilical cord.