Umbilical Cord Baby 1 Month Old Has Not Come Off?
Good afternoon, My baby is 1 month old. Until now the umbilical cord is still not loose. There are no signs of infection and it’s dry but it’s still not released. He had already consulted with a pediatrician before and according to him it had been waited for up to 2 months. The good thing is how to do it with this condition. thank you
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The umbilical cord is the link between the placenta and the fetus. The umbilical cord contains blood vessels so that the blood from the mother carrying nutrients and oxygen will mix with the blood of the fetus which carries the rest of metabolism. At birth, not long after, the blood vessels in the umbilical cord will close and then experience cell death. After a few weeks, the umbilical cord will dry out and in general it is around 2 to 3 weeks. Tips on caring for the umbilical cord that you can do are:
Keep the umbilical cord dry
After bathing the baby, dry the umbilical cord with a sterile gauze or clean towel. As long as the umbilical cord is not loose, it is better to wash the baby just by washing it, no need to soak in the tub
The umbilical cord only needs to be cleaned with clean water, no need to give anything to the umbilical cord, including povidone iodine, alcohol, oil, powder, or any ointment (except on doctor's recommendation)
The umbilical cord does not need to be wrapped in gauze
Make sure the front of the diaper / diaper does not cover the umbilical cord. Avoid using diapers or pants that are too tight so as not to cause excessive friction around the navel
Feed your baby breast milk so that his immune system is more awake
Don't pull the umbilical cord
Note the following signs that become an emergency that needs to be consulted, namely the umbilical, smelling, festering, wet, yellowish umbilical cord, around the red cord, swollen, fussy child, pain, or bleeding.
Generally an umbilical cord that is not given anything and is kept dry will loose faster. Never force to take it off even though it looks healed. The most important thing is to take care of it every time so that the process detaches and the healing of the umbilical cord can be faster.
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