Umbilical Cord Stump To Swab Or Not To Swab

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BBK - July 11

Hi all. Getting ready to greet the baby soon, and wanted to ask what you've heard about umbilical cord care. The latest I've heard is that swabbing around it it delays it from falling off by two days, but if you don't it can get funky over there. Also that a triple dye antiseptic is the preferred swabing solution. Your experiences? Thanks!

 

~E~ - July 11

I am interest to know as well. What is the best way to care for the umblical cord after birth?

 

chelsey - July 11

I did nothing. I cleaned it with soap and water, and let it air dry after my little ones bath. Then one day I found it in her diaper. Now she's got the prettiest belly b___ton EVER! Some people say to use rubbing alcohol, or other things, don't, it'll be alright if you just make sure it's clean.

 

Lissie - July 11

Wanna hear something gross? My mom kept the clamp after mine fell off (apparently they used to leave it on w/stump), still has "remnants" on it. YUCH!!! And yes, I still have it (in my "baby box").

 

chelsey - July 11

Lissie, thats gross. You are lucky to have such a great keepsake! yech...

 

Lissie - July 11

Hee hee! Sorry, couldn't resist! I keep it as a reminder of how weird my mom is. It doesn't come out of the box though.

 

Lissi - July 11

Eew! That is gross! Hehehe.

 

Leigh - July 11

We were told NOT to get it wet until it falls off (be VERY careful during bath time). The key is to let it dry up and fall off. If you keep putting water on it, it will just get soggy and take longer to fall off (and possible infection so I've heard) We had some alchohol pads to use on his belly b___ton - I just did a quick swab around and on the stump every diaper change. Don't worry, it sounds like it would sting, but it doesn't! I think it took about 3 weeks for it to fall off.

 

Steph - July 11

I used a little bit of rubbing alcohol to keep it clean (that's what I was told to do because it dries it up). Anyways, I'd say she was about 2.5 weeks when it fell off and I found it in her diaper.

 

chelsey - July 11

just like to say.. again.., its not going to hurt to get it wet, you have to keep it clean. Just let it air dry thoroughly before you cover it up. My daughters fell of in just over a week. But also remember, babies dont need a bath everyday when they are first born, a sponge bath will do, so it wont be getting too wet! Just dont pick it! My husband had an urge to, kept having to tell him to bugger off!

 

Audrea - July 11

In the nursery we use alcohol pads with every diaper change. It is really more important in the beginning because the alcohol does make it dry up quicker,that does not mean it makes it fall off faster. It is true that it is okay to get wet, but swab with alcohol to let it air dry faster so it does not get a funky odor or infection. You would be able to tell if that were to happen. A bad odor or yellowish discharge is abnormal. The alcohol will not cause it to burn, there are no nerves in the chord, but the coldness of the alcohol will make baby cry or fuss a little, so don't worry that you may be hurting the little one.

 

BBK - July 11

Thank you all. I know you're not supposed to get it wet and not force it even if it's hanging by a thread. Lissie, I guess your mom was a pioneer in cord "banking" :-)

 

JB - July 11

Our birthing teacher told us to put a few drops of rubbing alcohol after each diaper change. It will not hurt/irritate the baby. You should only give the baby a sponge bath until he/she loses the umblical cord.

 

JLorenzo - July 11

BBK, Don't touch it!!! Whatever you do, don't touch it! We were told not to and within 10 days, it was off, clean and forgotten about!

 

BBK - July 11

JLo, how is it going? Are things somewhat back to normal?

 

JLorenzo - July 11

Hey BBK, things couldn't be better. Thanks for asking. I can tell you that the first month was really hard on me. I was tired, I didn't know what Abby wanted and I was not confident in my own instincts to make a decision. But like a light switch, it just turned on for me. Now we play and interact, she smiles when I come home and when she cries, we run through a list of things she may need. She actually slept last night from 8:30pm to 5:30am! I am sure that you will do fine and if you need to vent or ask a question, feel free. While it will undoubtedly be a different experience for you than it was for me, it will still be new and anxiety ridden at times!

 

BBK - July 11

JLo, so, when she cries about something you just do it.....hmmm it's not too early to start planning her own closet space and get those extra credit cards she'll need to fill it with! LOL!

 

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