Three frequently asked questions of your Newborn Umbilical Cord.
What is the main Purpose of the
Newborn Umbilical Cord. ?
are connected to the placenta in the mother’s uterus through the umbilical cord.
The purpose of the umbilical cord is to convey oxygen and food to the fetus and
to eliminate the waste generated by them. Take into account that babies do not
swallow food through their mouths nor do they urinate/defecate until they are
How long will
my Newborn Baby have an umbilical stump?
Within 10 to 21 days, the stump will dry up and drop off, leaving a small
wound that may take a few days to heal.
Because the newborn umbilical cord may be a place for infection to enter the
baby´s body, it is important to care for it properly.
care should I give to the Umbilical Stump?
baby's physician will give you instructions on how to keep the cord clean.
of all, Never try to pull your newborn umbilical cord off. What will speed
the separation process is keeping the stump dry.
Expose the umbilical cord to air. (Fold the diaper down out of the way.)
baby should not be bathed until the umbilical cord has fallen off. Until
then, just gently sponge off the skin, to protect against infection. Some
pediatricians say the contrary .You do what your doctor considers is best
for your baby.
Apply alcohol to the base of the stump (let it dry and then wipe away any
your baby's physician if there is:
Bleeding from the end of the cord or the area near the skin.
(a yellow or white discharge).
Swelling or redness around the navel.
Signs that the navel area is painful to your baby.
may be a small amount of blood after the cord falls
off, but this should stop quickly. Mum and Dad are often concerned about a baby's
navel being an "innie" or an "outie." There is no way to predict this or make
the navel look one way or another. Contrary to popular traditions, taping a coin
or other flat object over the navel does not help.
your newborn umbilical cord falls, your baby´s navel could swell a little and
could continue supurating a little. This is called umbilical granuloma. Your
physician could treat it with a special medication of silver nitrate.