How do I take care of my newborn’s umbilical cord?

It is important to keep the cord clean in order to prevent infection. Bathing the cord in water does not increase the rate of infection or make the cord take longer to fall off. Allow the cord to dry naturally. Allow the cord to dry naturally. There is no need to apply topical substances such as alcohol.

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


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