Caring for your baby’s umbilical stump

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Caring for your baby's umbilical stump

Your baby’s umbilical stump will gradually dry up and fall off. It takes between five and fifteen days for it to fall off. It’s important to keep the stump clean and dry so that it doesn’t get infected, especially in hot and humid weather. Make sure the diaper doesn’t cover the stump. Fold the top of the nappy down a bit so that the cord is well above.
If the stump or the area around the stump is red and swollen, it could be a sign that an infection is setting in. there might also be pussy or smelly discharge from the cord and your baby might get a fever. If you are worried about how your baby’s stump looks or smells, get it checked by your pediatrician at the earliest opportunity.

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