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