The birth of the baby is a time of transition and learning for the whole family! In the first days of a newborn baby’s life, one of the main fears of parents is how to take care of the umbilical cord. That’s why we’ve separated some tips on what can and should be avoided in baby’s navel care. Check them out!
First step: what is umbilical cord?
Before we explain the care, first it is necessary to understand exactly what the umbilical cord as a baby. This way, it is simpler to deconstruct some myths that revolve around this subject.
As we know, the umbilical cord is the main “means of communication” between the baby and the gravidinha. The great responsible for ensuring oxygenation and nutrition, connecting, through the placenta, mother and child.
Immediately after the birth, the cord is cut (it is worth pointing out that this procedure is painless, the little one feels absolutely nothing!), and about 2 to 3 cm from the umbilical stump still attaches to the baby.
For the navel to heal straight, it is important that the papal maintain a routine of care. No following the old teachings like using coins, banners or even coffee powder in the baby’s navel. These habits are disapproved by doctors and can cause serious infections.
Useful Tips for Umbilical Cord Care
1. The main risk to the umbilical stump is infection. So, before you start sanitizing, make sure your hands are clean! Wash them with neutral soap, rub fists and nails to prevent impurities from coming into contact with the baby.
2. For the navel to heal well, it is necessary to keep the region dry and clean. Therefore, the ideal is that the hygienization is done every time you change the baby’s diaper.
With a swab, clean gently! Pass 70% alcohol throughout the navel to remove any damp residue that may accumulate. Do not forget to gently lift the umbilical cord to clean the bottom.
It is also preferable to give quick sponge baths than to submerge the stump of the cord. During the bath, only water and neutral soap are needed for the hygiene of the area, which must be done with great care.
3. It is important not to cover the umbilical stump with bands or bandages, it must breathe! The nappy should be placed below the stump to prevent the region from becoming irritated, thus facilitating the proliferation of microorganisms. A tip is fold the diaper below the umbilical cord or make a notch on the top.
After the bath, the ideal is to use a gauze, touching the little one’s navel lightly and never to dry directly with the towel.
Keep an eye out! 👀
4. Pay attention to possible changes such as: redness, bleeding, secretion and swelling in the umbilical region. They may arise because of friction in the region, such as clothes or very tight diapers. However, if these symptoms occur in excess or frequently, seek the pediatrician!
A strong smell can also occur as a sign of healing, however, if it continues for a long time, it can be an indication of infection and needs to be evaluated as soon as possible by the doctor for correct treatment.
5. Continue the care routine, even after the umbilical cord has fallen! Between the 5th and 15th day of birth it is common for the umbilical stump to darken and fall alone. But it is very important that the parents continue with the routine of hygiene care and asepsis. Because after the stump falls, the navel takes 7 to 10 days for complete healing.
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