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

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    Umbilical cord stump care isn’t as mysterious as it may seem. Practice these healthy best habits until the cord dries and falls off on its own, typically by baby’s 3rd week of life. Unless your healthcare provider has told you otherwise, it’s OK to bathe baby with his cord stump still in place.

    Keep the cord area clean and dry. Never put any kind of bandage over the cord. Always wash your hands before touching baby’s cord stump. When changing baby, fold the top of baby’s diaper down and away from the cord.

    Clean the cord with warm water and a soft cloth if it gets soiled with baby’s waste, and never use rubbing alcohol or creams on the cord or cover it with a bandage.

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