After the caregiver cuts the cord, the umbilical stump lingers around for few days, dries, falls and forms your baby’s beautiful belly button.
Air circulation is crucial for any wound to heal and its no different in this case. Keeping the stump area open and undisturbed will aid the natural healing process.
Care should also be taken to keep the diaper from rubbing against the stump. Newborn diapers come with an umbilical cord cut to make it easier for parents.
It is totally normal to be annoyed with your baby’s lingering stump. But, resist your urge to pull cord to get rid of it. Trying to cut it off can trigger potential infection and possible bleeding.
Turmeric is well known for its antiseptic properties. Some sprinkle turmeric powder over the open cord to keep the area dry and immune against any bacterial infection.
All material provided is for your information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Please consult your doctor.