How to Care for Newborn’s Belly Button

Newborn’s navel cord connects a baby and a mother during the whole period while the baby is in her tummy. When a baby is born and the doctor cuts the navel cord, it is important for parents to pay special attention to the navel. This article describes how to take care of the baby’s navel.


Some facts about the baby’s navel

The navel cord is a kind of “funicular” that connects the mother and the baby. It is the navel cord that helps the baby to receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen for maintaining life.

After the doctor cuts the navel cord, its small part is clamped with a special bracket so that the rest of the navel cord is mummified and it drops out after some time (several days or weeks). Then an open wound is formed at this site, which heals in 10-14 days and completely recovers in about a month.

This wound requires a special care to protect the baby from infection. What do you need to know to prevent infection in the child’s body?


Taking care of the baby’s navel

In order wound around the navel heals quickly and without any consequences, parents need to follow certain rules:

  • Always bathe your baby regularly from the first days of life (except the day when the navel cord drops out)
  • Do not use aggressive antiseptic solutions while taking care of your baby’s skin – this can lead to excessive dryness and even burns (use only remedies recommended by your doctor)
  • Provide the child with air baths – leave the baby undressed for short periods (starting from 2-3 minutes once a day and increasing the time (up to 15-20 minutes) and the number of times (up to 3-4); these procedures will help to avoid the diaper rash
  • When the crust has appeared on the place of the fallen residue, be sure to treat this area with a dry cotton pad and antiseptic agent; this procedure is important after each change of a diaper and in the evening after washing the baby
  • If there is no crust, simply dry it with a cotton pad after each bathing
  • Try to buy trusted quality diapers and make sure that they do not rub the skin of the baby in the navel area (for this, it is important to fix the diaper clasp under the navel); it will be good if you buy special diapers with a cut-out for the navel, as well as replace them timely and make sure that the child’s urine does not get onto the wound
  • Buy clothes made from natural fabrics (by no means choose synthetic fabric) and without tight rubber bands for your baby
  • Make sure that the discharge does not accumulate at the base of the navel – remove the excess using cotton swabs
  • Do not submerge the baby completely in the water during bathing if there is still the remainder of the navel – just quickly wash the baby with a washcloth
  • Immediately seek medical attention if you see that the baby’s navel is swollen or turned red.


General pieces of advice

If you notice yellow pus around the navel cord and feel unpleasant smell, and swelling and redness occur, this may indicate an infection; therefore it is important to consult a doctor immediately.

Contact your doctor if blood the navel wound is bleeding and it does not stop for more than 5-6 minutes.

During healing of the navel a common problem may arise: umbilical hernia. It looks like a noticeable swelling and manifests itself visually when the baby screams or cries. If you notice something similar in your baby, do not try to get rid of the problem with the help of folk remedies and do not hesitate to visit your doctor.

NB! Taking care of the baby’s navel is easy if you adhere to the above rules and avoid dirty objects to contact the navel. Then the baby’s navel quickly dries and drops out in the very near future.

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25.3.18  02:03