Umbilical Cord Care Directory

A piece of the umbilical cord remains after it is cut at birth. It will fall off on its own, but a parent's job is to keep the surrounding area clean during this time and after it falls off. After cleaning, be sure to dry the area. Special precautions should be taken to the umbilical area clean and dry. Some fluid may appear where the cord is after the stump falls off, but the skin should heal within two weeks. Swelling, redness, fluid, or pus are signs of an infection and warrant a call to your health care provider. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how to care for the umbilical cord, whether you should consider cord blood banking, and much more.

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