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What do I need to know about my baby's umbilical cord?

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The tube-like umbilical carried food and oxygen from you to your baby during your pregnancy. It also carried away your baby’s waste so your body could get rid of it.

After you give birth, doctors clamp and cut the cord. It has no nerves, so neither you nor your baby will feel anything. A small stump will be left on your child’s belly. The stump might look shiny and yellow first. As it dries, it may turn brown or gray or even purplish or blue. It’ll shrivel and turn black before it falls off on its own in about 10-14 days.

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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