Should a baby’s umbilical cord smell?
It’s normal for the cord stump to be a little smelly. If smell becomes strong, if there’s oozing, redness around the stump base, bleeding or infection, take your baby along to his doctor.
How do you treat a smelly umbilical cord?
Clean the area around the cord as directed. You may be told to use a clean, moist cloth, alcohol pads, or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Remove all drainage and clean an inch around the base. If there is a little drainage is present you may be advised to use antibiotic ointment after each cleaning.
Using warm water and mild soap, use a washcloth to gently clean around and just inside the belly button. Rinse with clean, warm water and dry with a towel to make sure that all water has been removed from the belly button. Showering or bathing regularly can help to prevent skin problems and odor.
What are signs of an infected umbilical cord?
Signs of an umbilical cord infection include:
- a smelly yellow discharge from the stump area.
- reddish skin around the stump.
- swelling of the navel area.
- your baby cries when you touch the stump.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s umbilical cord?
If the cord hasn’t come off after 3 weeks, be patient. Keep the area dry and make sure it’s not covered by your child’s diaper. If it hasn’t come off in 6 weeks, or you see signs of fever or infection, call your doctor.
How often should you clean umbilical cord?
Clean the navel (belly button) 2 times a day. Use a wet cotton swab or cloth. Clean away any dried secretions or pus. Do this gently to prevent any bleeding.
How do you clean the umbilical cord stump?
Taking care of the stump
- Keep the stump dry. Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change. …
- Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry.
- Let the stump fall off on its own.
What are the abnormalities of the umbilical cord?
Fetal anomalies most commonly associated with single umbilical artery include several anomalies like ventricular septal defects, hydronephrosis, cleft lip, ventral wall defects, esophageal atresia, spina bifida, hydrocephaly, holoprosencephaly, diaphragmatic hernia, cystic hygromas, and polydactyly or syndactyly.
Can I clean my baby’s umbilical cord with alcohol?
Keep The Area Clean
Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol. However, most now recommend leaving the stump completely alone because alcohol is believed to irritate the skin and sometimes delays healing.