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How should I care for my newborn baby's belly button?

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Keep the umbilical cord stump and the skin around it clean and dry until the stump shrivels and falls off.

Give your little one sponge baths, and don't submerge the cord in water. Fold diapers below the cord to keep pee from soaking it.

Call the doctor if your baby cries when you touch the cord. She might have an infection. Redness at the base and foul-smelling, yellow liquid are also warning signs of an infection.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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