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.
at 5:13 PM on Jan. 12, 2010