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Umbilical Cord problems


The umbilical cord that connected the baby to the placenta during the 9 months in the womb is cut at the time of birth.

The newborn is left with a small stump which dries up and falls off within a couple of weeks.

Keeping the cord stump clean will promote heating and avoid complications.

Self Care

  • Wash the umbilical cord stump 2 or 3 times a day with soap and water. Dry thoroughly.
  • In the morning and evening, swab the stump and the stump area with a cotton ball.
  • Call the doctor, if you notice any signs of infection (fever, swelling, redness, or discharge from the cord site).

Signs that needs extra care :

  • Cord has not fallen off more than 4 weeks after birth.
  • Signs of infection (fever, swelling, redness, or discharge from the cord site).
  • Bleeding from the cord stump.


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