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Umbilical Cord Care

My baby's dried cord just fell off. It looks a raisin! Should I continue cleaning it with alcohol?

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Asked by akalei at 11:36 PM on Jan. 13, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yes. keep cleaning it until it's all healed

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • there is no need to use alcohol. Just keep it clean with a dab of soap and plain water. The wee bit of soap on the outside helps to loosen the dried discharge so you can wipe it away. The plain water, otherwise, is sufficient for cleaning.

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:45 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Just leave it alone! Why do people feel the need to clean and mess with what is perfectly fine? Just keep it clean and dry, it will heal up and look better in time.

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 11:58 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • They had to remove DD's umblical cord in the NICU so they could run IV's into her belly button. However, they told us to only give her sponge baths and to use a washcloth wipe gently at her belly button, with water only, until it healed completely.

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 4:33 AM on Jan. 14, 2010

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