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Something else has not changed for years: young parents are often afraid of caring for the navel in newborns. Meanwhile, the rules are very simple. It's enough to realize that even moving, bending and removing secretions from the recesses is neither painful nor unpleasant for the toddler.
What is an umbilical stump?
The umbilical stump is a remnant of the umbilical cord that the child was connected to with mother.
Newborns are discharged into homes with an unhealed navel, usually with a special plastic buckle (once the umbilical stump was tied up with a knot).
When should the umbilical stump fall off?
The umbilical stump today often falls off after a few weeks or even a month. Midwives, especially those who value traditional stump care methods, suggest that prolonged wound healing is caused by the use of dry care. Octenisept, which is currently recommended, does not dry the wound, but only disinfects it, which, according to proponents of the traditional use of spirit, does not allow to accelerate the healing process of the navel. More on navel care.
Ideally, if the umbilical stump falls off between 10 and 14 days of a child's life. At first, the stump is bluish-white, then gray, when it dries, it becomes darker, and finally it dries completely and falls off.
How to accelerate wound healing?
The umbilical stump will fall off faster if we:
- carefully remove any secretions in its area,
- keep it clean and dry,
- tilt the stump and carefully removed any dirt (no worries, the child does not hurt)
- put the diaper on so that it does not compress the navel,
When to see a doctor
Improperly treated umbilical cord is a great place for bacteria. Therefore, if we notice:
- much warmer skin around the navel,
- purulent discharge with an unpleasant smell
- the child will give us a signal that the navel is painful for him,
belongs quickly see a doctor. All these symptoms can suggest inflammation and require the immediate intervention of a specialist.
Remember! Never tear off the umbilical stump. Wait for it to fall off by itself. Do not put bandages or patches on your navel.