The umbilical cord is literally the cord of life as the baby derives nutrition from this. It is that cord which attaches the baby to the mother’s and that’s the first connection that is established between the mother and the baby.
Once the baby is born, the cord is cut off and a small part of it still remains attached to the baby’s belly button. It requires 2-4 weeks to actually fall of the body of your baby. Fret not if the chord changes its color to dark brown or blackish yellowish black as it begins to dry out. This is totally normal. However, you have to be very careful while cleaning your baby’s umbilical cord as a little carelessness could start a major infection in your baby’s body.
Here are 5 tips to help you clean your baby’s umbilical cord.
1.Keep it dry
Keeping it dry is important for your baby as the umbilical cord is still drying and about to fall off. So what you need to do is prevent any moisture from coming in contact with the belly button. Use cotton swabs or earbuds to keep it dry and clean.
2. Bath scare
The first two to three weeks will be a little tedious as the cord is drying up. So if you’re going to bathe your baby, you have to be a little careful as you cannot let moisture around the umbilical cord.
Use wet bath sponge so to bathe your baby. It is the best way to bathe your newborn ensuring no moisture around the baby’s belly button. Even if the stump gets wet, don’t worry about it, just pat it dry.
The clothing you choose for your baby should be such that it doesn’t trouble or make the baby feel uncomfortable. Choose loose kind of clothing so that the baby’s cord doesn’t stick to the cloth. Cotton clothes are the best during this phase.
4. Fold the diaper
This is because it might put pressure on the umbilical cord. It allows the umbilical cord to breathe and dry up faster. All you need to do is put on the baby’s diaper just like the way you do it normally. The only difference is that you will have to fold the top portion of the diaper inwards or outwards depending on the comfort of the baby.
5. Fiddle me not!
Leave the umbilical cord alone. Don’t pull or fidget with it because it will lead to infection. Let it be and let it dry on its own. Even if it takes more than 2 weeks to heal, it is okay. But just don’t yank it as it will be painful for your baby.