Little things to do when caring for new belly buttons

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May 04, 2010

1. Keep umbilical area dry to help healing. Provide plenty of air exposure and dress baby in breathable cotton clothing.

2. To swab or not to swab? There are two schools thought about how to care for the umbilical cord. Some recommend using warm water to keep it clean. Others say, simply leave it alone. Follow your doctor's guidance on this question and any other concerns.

3. If you use warm water to gently swab the cord area, change diaper before cleaning the stump to minimize the risk of spreading bacteria.

4. As the cord heals, it will turn dark and fall off. This usually takes two weeks to a month.

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