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How should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord?

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Doctors recommend leaving the stump of your baby’s umbilical cord alone until it falls off on its own in about two weeks after birth. If your baby has a messy diaper and gets poop on the cord, clean it gently with soap and water.

Always fold clean diapers so they rest just below the cord.

SOURCES:

National Health Service in England: “What is the Umbilical Cord?”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Cord Care,” “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Children’s Hospital Colorado, “Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Health Service in England: “What is the Umbilical Cord?”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Umbilical Cord Care,” “Umbilical Hernia.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Children’s Hospital Colorado, “Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Umbilical Cord Care.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Umbilical Cord Symptoms.”

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: “Innies vs. ‘Outies’.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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