Some additional tips:

  • When diapering the baby, make sure to fold the edge of the diaper down so that the cord can dry. Some newborn diapers have a special cut-out cord area.
  • Allow the cord to fall off on its own. Never try to pull off the stump, even if it seems to be dangling or hanging. Pulling off the cord may result in unnecessary bleeding and harm to your baby.
  • Watch for signs of infection, which may include redness and inflammation. In some cases, there may be colored discharge or bleeding. Call your baby’s doctor right away if you suspect an infection.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/01/2018.


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