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Do i need to continue to put alcohol on the little gooy spot after the cord has fallen off?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Jan. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You don't need to put alcohol on it at all.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • keeping it clean helps it to heal faster
    bettylou420

    Answer by bettylou420 at 2:42 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • No!!!! You didn't need to put alcohol on it in the first place.
    ABPeterson

    Answer by ABPeterson at 2:43 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • yes I did (and yes the pedi told us to put the alcohol on it!) because the alcohol helps to keep it clean and it dries it faster.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • It is not necessary to use alcohol. keep it clean with plain soap (a dab) and water.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 3:50 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • We were told NOT to use alcohol as it can irritate the skin under the cord. We didnt use anything at all and hes just fine.
    Aqua_Jen

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 4:09 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • every pedi is different. i personally looked the alcohol thing up online to find out what kind of info was out there. what i found is that alcohol actually prolongs the healing process. yes, it may keep it cleaner, but the logic that the more wetness you place on a wound, the longer it take to heal. i never put alcohol or water near the cord or the stub when the cord fell off. i would def. disagree with the women who said to use soap and a dab of water. you will only make matters worse, unless there's an infection and then your baby needs to see the doc. alcohol is terribly harsh on the skin. how would you like to have someone rub alcohol near an open wound for a couple weeks when thousands of babies never had a touch of the stuff and turned out fine. my boy went through enough pain with pricks and pokes and cuts at the beginning of his life, i don't see the purpose of needlessly inducing more pain to the child.
    Marri357

    Answer by Marri357 at 5:13 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • The dab was of soap to clean off the discharge and dried blood around the site which can get pretty groady.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:23 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

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