Care for newborns raises many questions, and one of the most common is related to the hygiene and care of the baby’s navel that in the first days of birth requires special attention not to cause infections.
During pregnancy the umbilical cord is responsible for transporting the oxygen and nutrients to the baby, when it is born the umbilical cord is cut, but a little piece, called the stump, is attached to the baby’s navel and takes about a week to fall and almost a month to be completely healed.
During this time, first-time mothers are left with doubts about how to take care of the newborn’s navel.
Tips for Caring for Your Baby’s Navel
A lot is said around the world about the navel care of the baby in the first weeks of life, in some places do not allow the child to bathe until the navel falls, in others it is not recommended to pass anything to dry faster, however, in Brazil the medical indications are different.
The correct way to care for a newborn’s navel is to always keep it clean and dry to prevent contamination of bacteria in the stump.
Experts recommend bathing the baby from the first day of life, and in diaper changes, swab a 70% alcohol swab on the stump and let it dry naturally.
If the stump becomes soiled with pee or poop you will need to wash it with soap and water and only after applying the alcohol, at this time of cleaning it is very important to wash your hands before and after and stay alert to the baby’s eyes so that it does not drink alcohol .
When the newborn’s navel has problems
Even with all the care can happen the baby’s navel presents problems and infections that arise when: the surrounding area is red or swollen, present bad smell, baby suck little or have a fever, then it’s time to see your pediatrician, Other symptoms of navel problems considered more normal are yellowish discharge and a little blood in the diaper.
The stump takes a week or more to fall, when this happens it is necessary to continue cleaning the place with alcohol because there may be a wound in place that takes about 10 days to heal.
Navel spiked or umbilical hernia
After that period many babies are left with navel jumped which can be umbilical hernia, problems that reaches up to 20 percent of the newborns.
The umbilical hernia should be accompanied by the pediatrician and heal alone, if it does not happen until the child’s first birthday there the doctor indicates the best treatment.