Umbilical Cord Care : Natural Remedies for Faster Healing

Umbilical cord was your baby’s line in the womb that carried nutrients, anti bodies and oxygen to sustain your baby. Once the baby is born, the umbilical cord becomes dormant.

After the caregiver cuts the cord, the umbilical stump lingers around for few days, dries, falls and forms your baby’s beautiful belly button.

I know a lot of you have questions on how to take care of your baby’s umbilical cord. I wanted to answer all your questions through this post.

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.

Air Dry

In summer months, you can completely undress your baby or only in diaper. If the weather is cold, then you can fold the Onesie over the belly button keeping the cord exposed.

Do not Cover

Although if you are using cloth diapers, or had to size up on disposables, make sure that the diaper is not touching the cord. Fold the diaper crease and tuck it away from the belly.

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.

Don’t Pinch or Poke

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.

Turmeric Root Powder

Another powerful herb that is touted for its medicinal value is Goldenseal root.

Goldenseal Root Powder

You can sprinkle the powder over the wound, goldenseal powder is excellent in absorbing all the moisture away from the wound keeping it dry which is critical for faster healing of the cord.

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All material provided is for your information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Please consult your doctor.