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Learn about health care for the "navel" of the newborn

Taking care of the newborn's navel is one of the important things that we must take into account and monitor it daily, and the mother will need to take some slight precautions with the umbilical cord to keep it dry and free of infection for a few weeks until it separates on its own.

According to uhhospitals, shortly after birth, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut near the navel, and the clamp helps stop bleeding from the blood vessels in the umbilical cord after it has been cut sometimes. Some medications are also placed on the cord as part of the baby’s first care, but since then, It is recommended to keep the wire dry.

By the time your child goes home from the hospital, the umbilical cord will begin to dry out and wither and the clamp can be removed when the cord is completely dry.

The umbilical cord usually falls out on its own within one to two weeks, although it takes longer in some babies. Because the umbilical cord can be a place of infection to enter a child's body, it is very important to take care of it properly until it falls."

How to take care of your baby's umbilical cordل

Your baby's health care provider will give you instructions on how to care for your newborn's umbilical cord, including:

1: Gently wipe the navel area and get rid of any remnants of moisture using a small cotton ball.

2: The doctor may advise using the appropriate alcohol to sterilize and disinfect the navel, using a swab as well.

3: Try to let the air enter the navel until it dries and heals and falls as soon as possible.

4: Try to prevent the diapers from rubbing so as not to affect the navel area of ​​your child.

5: Leave the clip that connects the navel to fall on its own and do not try to pull it or pull it.

There are some signs if your child appears, the doctor must be immediately increased, including:


1: Bleeding from the end of the cord or the area near the skin.

2: Wetness, unusual smell, or discharge from the umbilical cord.

3: Swelling or redness of the skin around the navel.

4: Signs that the navel area is painful for your child.