A new born baby is definitely one of the most critical stage of the baby and thus must be handled very carefully. After delivery a small part of the umbilical cord is attached to the belly button of the baby and this is called the umbilical stump.
Usually it takes a period of 21 days for this stump to fall off on its own , however till the time the stump falls off, you should know how to take care of the belly button to protect the baby from any infections and other problem. Below given are some tips to take care of the baby’s belly button:
- You must ensure that the umbilical stump is dry and clean. Always remember the dryer the umbilical stump remains, the easier for it is to fall off. This you can assure by giving your new born baby sponge baths for the first 2 weeks, till the umbilical stump comes out.
- Make sure that your hands are clean while touching the umbilical stump.
- You must note that the stump does not touch when the baby urinates and eliminate faeces, in that case thoroughly clean the umbilical cord leaving no residue to it.
- If the nappy touches the umbilical cord, optimize the size by cutting the nappy so that it doesn’t to create any pressure on the stump. There are nappies available for new born babies with a customized size.
- Make sure that your baby wears light clothes for the umbilical stump to breathe.
- Do not use any alcohol to clean the stump and dry it faster.
- Do not use any antiseptic to keep it free from infection.
- After the umbilical stump falls off there might be slight wound at the place, do not worry as this is normal. The wound might take a time of around 10 days to heal completely. If the wound does not heal completely at times,lumpy flesh bits might come off and this is also a natural healing process.
To detect signs of infection:
- The area around the umbilical stump might appear to look reddish.
- The stump might discharge a yellowish liquid that is also smelly.
- If your baby appears to have a fever or shows no interest to take food.
In these cases you can call a doctor and get your baby checked for treatment.