Newborn Belly Button CareOn July 14, 2020 by windycitymama86
The process of umbilical cord loss in newborns depends on location, health, and hygiene. Taking care of the umbilical cord immediately after birth and the first days after birth is effective in preventing umbilical cord infection.
Right after your baby is born
Clean the baby’s belly button
After birth, the umbilical cord will be clamped to keep the umbilical cord clean. If the navel clamp is exposed or falls off, you must pay attention to clean the baby’s umbilical area at least once a day. Use a soft, soft cloth to gently wipe the baby’s navel area.
Be careful when bathing your baby
Many people think that you should only wipe your body rather than bathing your baby until the belly button falls out. However, bathing your baby doesn’t hurt as long as you keep the umbilical cord dry and avoid touching the water.
If the umbilical cord is wet, wipe dry with a soft cloth. Sometimes, your baby’s umbilical cord may become dirty if he or she has a bowel movement. Gently clean with water, rinse with physiological saline and wipe dry.
Be careful when dressing for babies
The navel is the part that you need to pay most attention to but it also gives you many difficulties when dressing your baby.
Wrap the diaper just below the navel, keeping the navel dry. When exposed to air, the umbilical cord will quickly dry.
Take care of the navel area when dressing and keep the navel area as much as possible.
Let the umbilical cord fall naturally
If it’s been a while and your umbilical cord has not fallen yet, don’t worry too much. Sometimes, the umbilical cord will fall rather late. In this case, you are still waiting for the umbilical cord to fall naturally, rather than acting on it. If the umbilical cord is at an abnormal position such as bleeding, yellowing, take your baby to see a doctor for examination and proper advice.
After the umbilical cord falls, you will see the baby’s umbilical cord. Sometimes, the umbilical cord may develop a rash, possibly even bleeding. Mom should not be too worried, this is completely normal and the umbilical cord will heal within 2 weeks.
Diapers must be folded under the navel
Normal gauze or diapers should not be used for a baby’s umbilical cord because the umbilical bandage, if not used with sterilized products, will create a reservoir for bacteria and prevent umbilical healing from the umbilical cord for the longest time. is in the hot and humid weather of our country.
Avoid touching the umbilical cord, applying unclean herbal substances to the umbilical cord Herbal substances are often contaminated with fungal spores and bacteria that increase the risk of umbilical cord infection.
After the umbilical cord falls
The umbilical cord usually detaches on its own within a week or two. It was normal for Mummy to see a patch of dry, red skin on the navel.
Sometimes, a small amount of dark blood can bleed – don’t worry it’s normal. But if the bleeding lasts more than two weeks, you should seek medical advice immediately.
What should mom do with umbilical cord after loss?
It is up to the mother to hold or discard the umbilical cord. But if you want to keep it as a souvenir can choose one of the following forms:
- Making sparkling bracelets: Some local jewelry houses or online stores, like Keepsake by Ry, can create sparkling bracelets from this fallen umbilical cord.
- Keeping in a red packet as a keepsake or having many people believe is a blessing.
Symptoms of umbilical cord infection
If the umbilical cord is not well cared for, it can easily get an infection. If you see your baby with the following symptoms, take your baby to the hospital immediately:
- Baby has a fever
- The umbilical cord is foul-smelling or the belly button is draining
- The skin around the navel is red and soft
- Baby cries when you lightly touch the belly button
- Umbilical cord swelling and bleeding
How to clean the umbilical cord for babies: Things to note
Before cleaning the baby’s umbilical cord, the mother should wash her hands with soap, then use an antiseptic 90 degrees alcohol again.
Remove the umbilical bandage (if applicable) and observe for anything unusual, such as an abnormal umbilical odor, pus, redness, or bleeding.
Use a cotton ball to increase the amount of boiling water to cool gently wipe the baby’s navel area in sequence from the belly button, the cord stem, then the umbilical cord surface. Continue to pat the baby umbilical area on the umbilical cord and leg. Note that the cotton swab should be changed after each antiseptic for the baby.
Use 70-degree alcohol to disinfect the skin around the baby’s navel.
In fact, babies do not need to use the umbilical band as many mothers do, but if you feel that the umbilical cord makes the mother more secure, proceed with a thin gauze pad.
Common mistake when using umbilical cord for newborn babies
The umbilical bandage is too tight, too tight
Contrary to many mothers’ thinking, the tight bandage, the bandage does not help protect the baby’s umbilical cord, but also facilitates the growth of bacteria, leading to a higher risk of infection.
Arbitrary numbness “before the time”
The navel itself dries and falls out as a natural process, and does not need the intervention of the mother. Jerking, pulling the baby’s umbilical cord when the cord is not “ripe” can cause pain, bleeding and infection.
Soak your baby in water
For babies who have not fallen umbilical cord, when bathing the baby , mom should limit the baby’s belly button from getting wet, avoid prolonging the time of umbilical cord loss and increase the risk of umbilical cord infection.
Apply strange medicine on the baby’s navel
According to folk experience, applying leaves, applying opium, pepper powder … can help the umbilical cord quickly dry, quickly fall out. However, this is completely wrong. According to health experts, mothers should let the baby’s belly button dry naturally, do not apply, put anything on the baby’s belly button to avoid infection, and leave many dangerous sequelae for the child.
Manage when your baby has an umbilical infection
When observing the baby’s umbilical cord, there are abnormal phenomena such as foul odor, yellow fluid, pus, red swollen balls …, which means that the baby is showing signs of navel inflammation and mother! In this case, the mother can use a 35-degree alcohol swab to clean the umbilical cord, then use 3% alcohol to wipe away the pus and secretions.
If the outer surface of the navel is crusted but still draining pus, you can use nitrofurazone absorbent cotton 0.1% to cover the baby’s belly 3-4 times a day. In severe cases, prolonged pus discharge, babies cry constantly, high fever, fatigue … Mom should take her to the hospital immediately.