How do you clean a newborn’s stomach?
Cleaning and caring for your baby’s belly button
Avoid touching it whenever possible. Use only water to keep your baby’s belly button area clean, except if the area gets wee or poo on it. If this happens, wash off the wee or poo using clean water and a pH-neutral cleanser.
Consult your paediatrician if there is umbilical granuloma for he/she might prescribe Silver Nitrate to burn it off. Dry gently with a clean wash cloth/cotton buds after bathing your baby. Use cotton bud with cord spirit to clean off dirt or baby oil to soften it before cleaning off if it attaches firmly.
Cleaning the belly button
You can use the corner of a washcloth to clean in the belly button, but you don’t need to use soap or to scrub too hard. If the belly button still looks like an open wound after the cord falls off, avoid rubbing it until it heals completely.
“After the cord falls off, the stump may be moist and have bit of bleeding around the edges,” says Gritchen. You can “simply wash with soap and water and pat dry,” she adds. After the belly button area is completely healed and dry, you can begin a normal bath rountine for your baby.
Dip a cotton swab in warm water. Squeeze the tip to remove the excess water. Gently clean around the base of the cord and then the surrounding skin, then hold the stump with a clean absorbent cloth to dry it completely. It is important that the umbilical cord remain clean and dry until it falls off naturally.
How to identify an umbilical cord infection
- red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord.
- pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord.
- a bad smell coming from the cord.
- a fussy, uncomfortable, or very sleepy baby.
It’s normal for your baby’s belly button to have a little brown pigment inside it, even after the cord falls off completely. Umbilical cord stumps rarely become infected. However, if you notice swelling, pus, redness, or a strong odor around the navel, see your baby’s pediatrician.
How often do you bathe a newborn?
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.
How do you clean a smelly umbilical cord?
Clean the cord with cotton wool and water, or in the bath, if it gets soiled with pee or poo. 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.
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.
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.